Sir Hugo Responds To Potential Police Force Merger

Commenting on the proposed merger between Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, East Devon's Member of Parliament, Sir Hugo Swire MP, said:

“Having spoken to the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police and having gained assurances on funding for our local police, I am cautiously supportive of this merger. A more joined-up approach to policing in the South West is vital for a number of reasons, including ensuring that we have the correct staffing levels, coverage for both our urban and rural areas and so that we can combat terrorism. From the very outset of this process, however, I will push for the combined headquarters to continue to be based at Middlemoor in East Devon. I will also be speaking to my other colleagues in Parliament to ensure that Devon speaks with one voice in support of the local communities that we serve.

As an example of why I agree with this merger, when I was first elected to Parliament, we had a situation whereby the police were chasing an alleged criminal, who crossed the county border and therefore Dorset police could not share the information between the two police forces. This kind of system is ineffective and outdated and therefore a modern, forward-looking combined police force across the three counties can only serve local people well.”