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6:19pm 20th March 2012

Devon and Cornwall's new top cop refuses to rule out more cuts.

The force is already axing more than 700 officers by 2015.

Temporary Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer admits if government funding drops again, there could be more: "There's so many unknowns here. Local tax payers, they deserve the best service. They pay into the policing coffers. We're here to serve them. But we are heavily reliant on the national piece. For me, it's making the best of it.

"Neither I nor my predecessor would say that numbers getting smaller doesn't have an impact, we're just making sure that impact is as little as possible in the critical areas of our business which is the 999, the criminal justice and the neighbourhood policing; minimising it as best we can".

Chief Constable Sawyer is also pledging to tackle what he calls a small number of people placing demand on the service.

That means stuff like anti-social behaviour and missing persons.

He will also be starting a job evaluation scheme that will review police pay and gradings.

6:19pm 20th March 2012

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