Hogg Hits Back At Cornwall Plans For Greater Police Powers
A tug-of-war has erupted between Cornwall Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Tony Hogg, over who should control the area’s force.
But it’s still unclear how this could affect Scilly’s policing team.
Cornwall Council says it is opposed to recently announced government proposals, which could see control over the area’s fire and rescue service transferred to Mr Hogg’s office.
Instead, councillors say the government should devolve powers over policing to the Council.
But Mr Hogg has hit back, saying this isn’t “the right path.”
He said: “I find it hard to see how this could be delivered without the creation of a separate police force for Cornwall which is unlikely to be an efficient or effective solution.
“Our focus should be on bringing policing areas closer together to improve efficiency and effectiveness and to better protect the public, not creating further fragmentation.
“Before the council takes this forward I would urge them to consult with the chief constable to ensure they understand the challenges and practicalities that may be involved.”