Police commissioner must fight for funds
IT HAS been reported (September 29) that the Devon and Cornwall Police authority have suspended their policy of retiring officers at 30 years service.
This is to be welcomed not least because it retains a wealth of experience within the service but maintains community safety and the constabulary's effectiveness to pursue those who by their actions make others lives a misery.
As a former Police Officer as with other colleagues I have seen first hand the real distress caused by others actions and we all have a duty to support the police service.
What was not made clear is how the funding shortfall will be addressed in the future. The public purse is likely to remain stretched for the foreseeable future and I see it as a top priority for whoever is elected on November 15 to pursue a rigorous campaign to ensure Devon and Cornwall receive the funding such a large and diverse Constabulary area needs to provide an effective service. Whatever the outcome of the election the need for the police service to engage with those hard working voluntary organisations within the Criminal Justice System is all the more evident to support those who become victims of crime.
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