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Warning Over Summer Policing

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:49pm 10th June 2014

There is a warning police numbers in Cornwall and Devon are going to take a summer hit.

Hundreds of officers are being taken off duty here and sent to other parts of Britain instead.

They will help with major events such as the NATO summit.

But Devon and Cornwall bosses say they will already be fully stretched as more than eight million visitors arrive on holiday.

The Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg is worried about the impact on local policing.  

He said although money is refunded it often does not cover the complete cost of overtime or compensate for work that cannot be done: "There needs to be a much greater recognition of the unique position of Devon and Cornwall in terms of the summer economy.
 
"I have no issue with us playing a part in providing officers to help protect public order and safety in unforeseen or emergency situations, such as the riots of 2011.
 
"However other, planned, events have consequences and the people who organise them should think differently about how they are supported.
 
Mr Hogg said he will seek backing from other Commissioners and Chief Constables to lobby government and suggest alternate solutions, including the use of private guarding companies: "I will also continue to press the government, along with the Chief Constable, for a fairer share of general funding which takes account our geographical position and this seemingly annual call on our officers services.
 
"We will be helping out for the fourth successive year when we send officers to the NATO summit in Wales this September. Our force will cope, as they always do, but at some stage we have to say 'enough is enough' and make a decision that balances national and local priorities. I am here to protect local policing for local people and I am passionate about continuing to do this."

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