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8:02am 27th July 2014

Cornwall's police cuts may not be over yet.

It is after Pirate FM told you a report had praised the progress the force has made.

But inspectors warn bosses will have to find more ways to make more savings.

Bill Skelly is Deputy Chief Constable.

He insists cutting the frontline is a last resort: "We are as concerned as anyone as to the impact that that will have. What I would reassure people around is that we are doing that with, at the centre of it, the service which we deliver to them, so we will do our best to protect those services.

"The savings that we have to make are still substantial. That will mean we will have to look again and again at our payroll and that's people, that's not just police officers but police staff and the whole area of resources that we have."

Dru Sharpling is one of the inspectors. She told Pirate FM: "What we want Devon and Cornwall Police and other forces in England and Wales to do is to make the most of the opportunities that are available to them to keep neighbourhood policing, to keep up the numbers of officers on frontline duty so some of the fears we've expressed in our report don't actually happen.

"We do have some slight fears in the longer term whether the current policing model will be able to withstand more funding pressures and we think that there needs to be now a really informed debate about what should policing look like in the future.

8:02am 27th July 2014

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