Full Council to discuss proposed merger of Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police on 10 July

Following requests from Councillors across Cornwall, Cornwall Council’s full membership will get an opportunity to discuss the proposed merger between Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police at the earliest opportunity next week at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 10 July.

To ensure all members have the opportunity to be fully briefed on the details of the proposed merger, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, Sue James chaired a session about the proposals at an All Member Briefing today, where police chiefs outlined the proposals and timescales involved and provided an opportunity for Members to ask questions ahead of the discussion on Tuesday.

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Following an announcement on the proposed merger, a public consultation was launched on 29 June by the Police and Crime Commissioners of both forces. it is hoped that as many Councillors, residents and other stakeholders as possible will take part and have their say in the public consultation, which is due to close on 27 August 2018.

Sue James said: “The proposal to merge the two police forces of Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police is of huge significance to residents in Cornwall and beyond. It is completely right that all members of Cornwall Council get the opportunity to hear first-hand from the police, in detail, what the proposals mean to residents.

"It is also right that Full Council get to discuss the issue at the earliest opportunity. There will be strong views on this and it is really important we understand all the issues during this period of public consultation, so that those who want to have their say, can do so with good information available.”

The public consultation on the proposed merger of Devon Cornwall and Dorset Police started on Friday 29 June and is due to close on Monday 27 August. You find out more via the following link: http://www.devonandcornwall-pcc.gov.uk/

You can watch Cornwall Council’s Full Council on Tuesday 10 July from 10.30 am live on the web.

Posted on 6 July