Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer welcomes the £24 million funding made available by Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, which will enable the Force to increase the number of police officers on the streets over the next four years.
The Chief Constable also supports the Police and Crime Plan (2017 to 2020) which is being published by the Police and Crime Commissioner on Friday 27 January.
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “This plan, along with the budget proposals for 2017/18, represent a definitive step forward in making the Force sustainable and resilient for the 21st Century.
“It will enable us to connect with our communities, which is a key issue for the Force and our partners, along with modernising our services and aligning our resources to the changing demand in our local, national and international policing landscape.
“Through the use of the additional budget we will look to employ nearly 100 additional police officers onto the streets and into local policing, as well as 50 criminal investigators and 30 online record takers. The extra 100 police officers will bring the total number back up to 3,000.
“Demand on the police is changing. We are still facing threats from organised crime and terrorism and must ensure we maintain and improve our capabilities to deal with this national threat. We are also facing the new and emerging threats from international cyber-crime and complex issues such as child sexual exploitation and modern slavery. We will be looking to develop our staff to meet these threats and protect the illvulnerable.
“Devon and Cornwall Police prides itself on its local policing style and a team approach to keeping people safe. We will maintain the core elements within local policing to improve the connection with our communities, both digitally and through more traditional methods.
“The frontline has become very stretched over the past years of austerity. At the same time demand has increased and the need for specialist capabilities, such as firearms officers and public order trained staff, has grown to meet the national and international threats.
“The redesign and reprioritisation of our workforce will require us to move some staff from existing roles, such as PCSOs, to other police staff roles, new staff investigation roles or to join up as police officers depending on their career aspirations and suitability.
“The changes made over the coming years will enable us to better connect with our communities, detect and prevent harm, reduce crime, protect the most vulnerable and provide a high quality of service to the public when they need us.”
Statement from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner:
Safe, resilient and connected communities – the Police and Crime Plan for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 2017-2020
Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez will provide almost £24m additional money so that Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer can put more police officers on the streets by 2020.
On Friday the PCC will publish her first Police and Crime Plan, entitled Safe, resilient and connected communities, with a vow to help keep people safe by improving the public’s connection to police.
The Plan comes as a result of the peninsula’s biggest consultation into policing issues, which Ms Hernandez commissioned last summer.
“Our consultation clearly showed the public wants better connectivity with, and accessibility to, its police force,” she said.
“This plan provides a direction to help communities become safer, more resilient and better connected and makes a Local Policing Promise to ensure that policing is accessible, responsive, informative and supportive.
“My aim is to have excellent policing, better co-ordination with the wider public services and resilient self-supporting communities. In that way we can all play our part in keeping each other safe.
“Devon and Cornwall Police is already a good force. Through better connection, clear direction and appropriate investment it can be one of the very best in the country.
“By freeing over £10m from reserves, by striving for further efficiencies, by raising money through the policing precept* and changing other spending priorities, I have provided the Chief Constable with the funds to be one of the only Forces in the country to increase its number of officers.
“It is for the Chief Constable to decide the make-up of his workforce so that he can best deliver the priorities set out in this plan.
“He has now set out his intentions and I will support him in that, but I will expect him to deliver, in particular, the increased connectivity that the people of Devon and Cornwall have said is important to them.”
Key points in the Plan:
- Connecting our communities and the police – through a new Local Policing Promise to ensure policing in the local area is ‘Accessible, Responsive, Informative and Supportive’
- Preventing and deterring crime – so we can stop people becoming victims of crime and help them move on with their lives
- Protecting people at risk of abuse and those who are vulnerable – safeguarding the vulnerable and keeping them safe from harm
- Providing high quality and timely support to victims of crime to help them recover and to get justice by improving the criminal justice system
- Getting the best out of the police – making best use of our resources, supporting and developing our workforce and working well in partnership with others
Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News