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Statement regarding the proposed merger between Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police

Following yesterday's (25 September) Alliance Convergence Board meeting, no unanimous decision has been made on the proposed merger.

The abridged version of the full business case for the proposed merger of Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police is being made available to staff and the public to allow greater scrutiny and transparency.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Devon & Cornwall Police, Chief Constable James Vaughan, Dorset Police, Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Martyn Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, discussed the business case on Tuesday 26 September during a productive Alliance Convergence Board meeting.

Both chief constables and PCCs agreed the business case, but have not reached a unanimous decision about whether to submit it to the Home Office.

The Devon and Cornwall PCC’s current view is not to support the submission of the business case to the Home Office and she will be taking it to the Police and Crime Panel meeting for further discussion on Friday 5 October.

A final decision will be made on Monday 8 October after both Police and Crime Panels meetings, which are taking place within the next 10 days.

Both chief constables and PCCs would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the engagement and provided feedback.

 

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