Alison Hernandez Martyn Underhill

Should both police forces join together to become one?

Two people thinking together What do you think?


The alliance logo for Devon and Cornwall and Dorset Police Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police have been working together sharing resources (for example: police dogs, armed response officers and offices) since 2015. This joint working is called an alliance.


Community people in front of a tree in front of a house in front of a church Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police work in the same way. They think the same issues are important, have similar plans to work from and have strong links with their local communities.


A policing plan In September 2017 the two chief constables for the forces announced plans suggesting how the alliance could grow and improve. They suggested permanently merging (joining together) both forces to become one.


Alison Hernandez and Martyn Underhill the police commissioners Alison Hernandez and Martyn Underhill are the two police and crime commissioners. They want to know what you think about this merger as your views and thoughts are important in shaping what happens next.


The sun They will be talking to people over the summer about the merger.


Why a merger could work

Working together 1. By working closely together and making the most of sharing all of their resources a merger could:


PCSO talking to people - Help improve funding for local and neighbourhood policing


A Community   - Protect local communities better


Two police officers talking to a man - Improve the service the public gets


Bags of money 2. One force would continue to save money by merging (joining together) better than two forces just working together.


Working together 3. A merger between Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police would create the fifth biggest force in the country.


Alison Hernandez and Martyn Underhill Alison Hernandez and Martyn Underhill feel this would give our police and the public a stronger voice.


A woman thinking about something Extra things to think about:


Police officer talking on the radio Working together could be the best way to meet the challenge of new threats and issues; both now and in the future.


One There would be only one chief constable, one police and crime commissioner, one police and crime plan and one mission (way of working) therefore saving money.


Police headquarters Each county would have its own headquarters providing higher visibility and accountability.


Police officers talking to two people A quarter of the staff for Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police already work together.


Accountable - looking at something very carefully Accountability = being held responsible for your plans and actions; doing what you said you would


Three people in a group Alliance = working together in a close way


Working together Merger = joining two things together to become one


A pair of eyes Visibility = how easily something is seen


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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