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10:07am 24th July 2014

It has been revealed that officers not using their handbrakes properly is costing police in Cornwall and Devon thousands of pounds.

The force has shelled out 30 thousand on damage to patrol cars and other property in the last six months.

A warning has been sent out to all staff.

Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: "Over the past year there have been seven incidents where a police vehicle has been damaged or it caused damage to other property as a result of the handbrake not being applied correctly.

"While the number of incidents is relatively low considering the force operates more than 1000 vehicles there is a public safety issue as well as a financial cost.

"Due to the large number of officers and staff who have access to police vehicles, based across two counties, a message was published on the force intranet to remind staff that even though they operate in challenging circumstances, often having to leave their vehicles quickly dealing with emergency incidents, public safety is critical.

"Not only that but every penny counts and we must do all that we can to make sure we spend public money wisely, avoiding any unnecessary expense whenever possible - this is one of those occasions."

10:07am 24th July 2014

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