Police Commissioner Says No Plans To Cut Islands’ Force

Tony Hogg

Tony Hogg

The first Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall has praised the islands’ policing team and said there are no plans to cut officer numbers here.

Tony Hogg, who was elected last November, made his second trip to the islands last Wednesday to meet local police and Council officials, including the new chief executive.

Tony has been meeting all the Community Safety Partnerships in the region and said there are many common themes emerging, such as domestic abuse, antisocial behaviour and problems with alcohol and the night-time economy.

But he realises that there are some issues specific to the islands like worries about burglary, speeding and dog mess. He said some of these might be up to the community to deal with and some might need central assistance.

He’s currently putting together the new policing plan and budget for Devon and Cornwall and said the £18,000 budget for the islands’ Safety Partnership is safe for at least another year, although he says it’s public money and should be spent on the priorities set out by the community.

Last year some of the cash was spent on painting the shelter on The Strand to deter anti-social behaviour.

Mr Hogg was keen to show that the islands are not being ignored. He said we’re small and enjoy a low level of crime but that doesn’t mean we don’t need investment. He pointed to domestic sexual violence and preparing youngsters for the mainland as areas that need continued work.

He said the message he received here was that people are happy with the local police team and don’t want any changes.

But he says while they are well led, committed and well integrated into the local community, there’s still a need to look to the future. For example, marine crime is growing and could need resourcing in the future.

Mr Hogg also said the Devon and Cornwall force needs to make better use of new technology. This includes improving the alternative 999 number, 111, as well as better communications with mobile phones and iPads.

But he says there is nothing he would change at the moment on the islands, other than the police Land Rover, which he said is not the best vehicle for transporting people who are under arrest.