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What are the benefits of the proposed merger?

Creating a new force would put us in line with the Government’s direction of greater reform in policing.

New force, new vision

  • Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police will legally go from two forces to one force

  • Development of a “three-county” policing model, with a headquarters in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, which will give better local visibility, connectivity and accountability in order to maintain a geographic approach to local matters

  • For the overwhelming majority of staff there will be limited immediate change from that which they see today.

Local focus, national influence

  • Creating a new force changes nothing for local policing – local policing resources will remain local.

  • The new force would give more community policing by allowing us to reinvest in our frontline.

  • The new force will have more influence, representing our often ignored communities at a national level.

Greater savings, greater investment

  • The creation of a new force allows us to reduce by one chief constable and one police and crime commissioner

  • Money saved can be reinvested in areas such as improved technology (like drones) that help to keep the public safe and new staff

More officers, more connected

  • A merger will allow the new force to invest in increased policing capability across Cornwall, Devon & Dorset. Our detailed business case will propose an immediate uplift of 100 posts in the first year, with an aspiration for a further 300+ posts on top of this, depending on future funding of the new force
  • Council tax alignment is subject to Government decision, but should cost approximately £1 to £3 per month for average (Band D) residents

Single leadership, single focus

  • The new force will have one Police and Crime Plan – one vision, one mission
  • Strengthened accountability through single points of leadership
  • Reduced administrative burden on the force, as well as partners

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Devon & Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

Devon & Cornwall Police

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Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

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Dorset Chief Constable James Vaughan

Dorset Police

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Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset