An additional 100 front line police jobs are to be created in Devon and Cornwall. However, the number of police community support officer’s will be cut. This development would increase the number of uniformed police officers across the two counties to around 3,000.
The new jobs were revealed in a proposal made by Police and Crime Comissioner, Alison Hernandez under a £24m spending plan. The plans depend on the police’s part of the council tax rising by two per cent a year for the next three years.
PCC Hernandez said that, “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.”
The Chief Constable, Shaun Sawyer, said that years of austerity had stretched the frontline and that there was a need to meet the rising demand for officers with specialist capabilities needed to face national and international threats.
The plans will be part of a redesign and reprioritisation of the police for greater efficiency in performing their duties. This would entail moving some staff from existing roles, such as PCSOs, to other police staff roles, depending on their career aspirations and suitability.