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Christmas message from Police and Crime Commissioner

PCC Alison Hernandez publishes her Christmas message and gives thanks to those working over the festive season.

I am very pleased to write this Christmas message after 12 months during which I feel the Force has made great strides to lead itself to a stronger future.

In recent months the chief constable and myself, alongside our colleagues in Dorset, have set in motion plans which, if they go ahead – will allow us to continue the excellent work undertaken by the strategic alliance and to focus more of the money we have on keeping our communities safe.

2018 will bring us many challenges but I am sure that the closer working with Dorset and a more collaborative approach with other public sector partners, especially the fire service, will be rewarding.

Devon and Cornwall Police has the highest level of public satisfaction of any force in the country so I am confident I speak for most people in saying how proud we are of the work our officers and staff all do to reduce crime, bring criminals to justice, support victims and protect the most vulnerable.

They work at all times, in all weathers and, often in harrowing situations. When most of us are spending time celebrating with our families, they will leave theirs to keep others safe and do it with dignity and professionalism. They are inspirational and have my deepest gratitude. I hope you will also join me in offering them thanks.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and look forward to meeting many of you to talk about the things that matter most in your communities in 2018.