Finance

Devon and Cornwall Police Ask MPs for More Funding

Due to increase in crime reports, complexity of crime and administrative burdens, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has requested for more funding from MPs.

While there has been an increase in recorded crime, there are fewer officers and cuts in the policing budget.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said the UK police force has reduced by 20,000 officers since 2010.

The Federation’s Chair, Andrew Berry said, “There is not enough money to properly fund policing in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“The policing budget for our force has reduced by £15m in cash terms since 2010/11 and, during that time, we have lost 975 personnel, including 510 police officers – that is 15% less police officers.”

They said that sexual offense reports and new trends like digital crime are on the rise, and they involved more administration.

Mr Berry said, “For instance, an allegation of rape by a vulnerable person may bring with it a mass of digital material and social services records to review and schedule even before the CPS looks at the case.”

The limited resources have made the police force place a higher priority on investigating some crimes, as opposed to others.

Mr Sawyer said, “Due to continuing government cuts to our budget, policing within the UK, including Devon and Cornwall does not have the resources to investigate all crimes equally, and decisions are having to be made on what we can and can’t put our resources into.

They predicted that police expenses will rise to £3 million in 2018/19.

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