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4:32pm 25th July 2013

It is taking 25% longer for police to get to emergencies in Cornwall and Devon.

Response times to 999 shouts have risen across the region.

The force says it has still managed to drive down crime.

Deputy Chief Constable David Zinzan said: "What I think that matters is that we actually arrive and deliver a quality of service and I acknowledge that over the last three years, the percentage of our officers that are arriving within the designated time we've set has slipped off so if you arrive there a second or two late, you still miss the target.

"It's not easy. We've got four and a half thousand square miles and we've got 466 less police officers to do that in and it has been very challenging but we do make most of our calls on time and, where we don't, there are normally very good reasons to do so."

4:32pm 25th July 2013

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