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5:36pm 17th March 2014

There is a warning Cornwall is facing gaps in its policing and they could get worse.

Chief Constable of the Duchy and Devon Shaun Sawyer says the force could become purely reactive with community patrols disappearing.

That is unless public services start working more closely together.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg warns we will all have to play a bigger role: "It's not going to see more police officers. We're going to have a challenge in holding up the numbers. So if it wants a safer community it has to play and active part and the police have got the enable that through opening their doors to the public."

Andrew White has just taken over as Chief Exec at the Police and Crime Commissioner's Office and reckons they will have to do something to replace hundreds of officers: "Encouraging and enabling volunteering so that citizens can play their part in ensuring that Devon and Cornwall remain the fantastic place to live, work and visit that they already are."

Nigel Rabbits from the Duchy's Police Federation said members feel frustrated: "It's really important work. It's all about stopping offending at its roots. The problem is that that's very time consuming so that is the sort of thing that will be cut. The emergency response work is always a priority and that will be maintained.

"it is all about, not only protecting the public from harm, but engaging with the public and dealing with crime reduction. A lot of that work is important and I think that is going to suffer."

5:36pm 17th March 2014

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