This page is now archived. Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police will not be proceeding with the proposed merger, but this content remains here for reference.
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