Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Police Cuts Report
1:02pm 20th July 2013
(Updated 1:02pm 20th July 2013)
There are claims that protecting Cornwall's frontline police from cuts may be a struggle.
An official report into the southwest force says things have improved in the last year.
But Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has warned that saving almost £54 million will be tough.
It comes after Pirate FM told you that overall, crime in Cornwall and Devon fell by 7% in the year leading up to March 2013, but that sex offences and some violent crime had risen.
Deputy Chief Constable David Zinzan said: "I don't want to be alarmist. I think it will be challenging. We've met the challenge up to now, we've met it as has been acknowledged by the report and I'm confident we can meet it in the future, but it will be difficult.
"We have got significant challenges ahead. We've got to reduce the force budget by 53 million pounds over five years and 80% of our costs are on staff so it's a real difficult challenge in how we do that but maintain frontline officer numbers."
Tony Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, said: "I'm very pleased to see that the HMIC has recognised the action already taken by Devon and Cornwall Police which has enabled it to take a firm grip on the challenges it faces. It highlights that the force has made good progress and that it is in a much stronger place to manage further tough spending decisions.
"However, it's important we don't rest on our laurels and I will continue to discuss with the Chief Constable where further improvements can be made.
"At the same time, the report supports exactly what we have been saying - that we face a greater challenge than most other forces in other parts of the country because we receive lower than average funding. I will be standing shoulder to shoulder with the Chief Constable in lobbying Government and our local MPs to try to ensure we get a fairer slice of the cake because, as the report highlights, we have a larger geographic area to police as well as dealing with significant increases in the population over the summer months."
Share This StoryTweet
WATCH: Cornwall American: I Can't Support "Someone Like That"
Cornwall News: One verdict as Donald Trump becomes President
Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015
Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.
T2: Trainspotting sequel wins over critics
Showbiz News: Trainspotting's long-awaited sequel T2 has won over most critics' hearts, but expectations were far from great.
President Donald Trump's America will withdraw from the world
World News: America is entering a new era of insularity. Ending an age of free trade and heralding one of protectionism.
Andy Murray makes winning start at Australian Open
Sports News: World number one Andy Murray kicked off his Australian Open campaign with a hard-fought straight-sets victory against Illya Marchenko on Monday.
US Congress broadcast interrupted by Russian channel RT
Strange News: An online broadcast of a US network from the floor of the House of Representatives has been bizarrely interrupted by the Russian news site RT.