Crime Commissioner Wants Fair Funding For Region’s Police
Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a campaign for fair funding in the fight against crime in the South West.
Conservative PCC Tony Hogg, who visited St Marys last week, is challenging the Government to change the way cash is allocated to police forces across the country.
He says Devon and Cornwall is systematically disadvantaged by a “scandalous” funding formula that favours big city police forces.
Mr Hogg is calling on South West MPs to back him because he says that no account is taken of the impact of tourism to our regional policing costs.
There are more than 10 million stays and 50 million day visits to Devon and Cornwall every year.
Between April and September more than 1 million people per month visit the two counties, peaking at 1.5 million in July and August.
It is estimated that the population of Devon and Cornwall swells by up to 21 per cent from 1.6 million to just under 2 million over the summer months.
Mr Hogg says that the longest length of coastline in the UK and more than 300 ports and harbours increases potential for human trafficking, slavery and illegal movement of goods.
He says that further spending cuts are inevitable over the life of this Parliament and Devon and Cornwall police will continue to be hit harder than other forces if it isn’t addressed now.