No Plans To Reduce Islands’ Police Levels As More Cuts Announced

police station 4The Area Commander for the Devon and Cornwall force says there are no plans to reduce the number of police officers on the islands for the time being.

Superintendent Jim Pearce was speaking at the recent Health and Wellbeing Committee meeting, where he told councillors that the force had cut around £50m from their budget over the last 4 years and would need to find another £29m.

Jim said 80% of those savings had been from staffing, with many officers relocated or made redundant.

But he confirmed that there were “no plans to reduce policing in the Isles of Scilly at this time,” saying it was “working well” and the force was happy with that.

But he added that he couldn’t be sure “what that commitment will be tomorrow.”

Last week, Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg said he was hoping to get just under a 2% increase in the money the force gets from local authorities in the area, collected alongside the Council Tax.

He said that could avoid a “worst case scenario” of almost 800 jobs being lost by 2019.

Superintendent Pearce said he was pleased that Scilly’s Community Safety Partnership was now “up and running again.”

He said he’d discussed the priorities with Sergeant Colin Taylor for the next year and these would remain a focus on domestic abuse, alcohol harm and road safety.