Police Chiefs support merger

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

The two police chiefs from the counties of Devon and Cornwall and Dorset have added their support to a plan to merge the two forces.

In a joint statement the Chief Constables of Devon and Cornwall Police Shaun Sawyer and James Vaughan of Dorset Police said: “We believe the proposed merger is the right thing to do, not only for our communities but also in respect of the wider South West landscape and our workforce who are actively managing those increasing demands on a daily basis.”

The residents of all three counties are being consulted and being asked whether they support the idea of one police force.

Alison Hernandez the Devon and Cornwall Crime Commissioner has recently said that the public support is vital for her to back the scheme. The two police forces already cooperate on a number of fronts and share responsibility for the first police drone unit which was set up in 2017 and has deployed nearly 200 times and saved at least two lives.

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