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Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes new Towns Deal for Cornwall

As World leaders descend on Carbis Bay this week for the G7 Summit, Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has welcomed the Government’s announcement of a £65million Towns Deal to drive growth in Cornwall.

Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes new Towns Deal for Cornwall

Commissioner Hernandez with the local police team and partners in Penzance last year

“While it’s very exciting that major decisions with far-reaching and international implications will be being made right here on our doorstep I am pleased that the Government has also got its eye on how it can help those who call Cornwall home,” said Commissioner Hernandez.

“I have said before that while the summit represents a once in a generation opportunity to raise awareness of Cornwall on a global scale, it should also be used to help the local economy build back better after Covid-19 lockdowns.

“There are communities in Cornwall that face significant challenges.

“During my time as police and crime commissioner I have worked closely with partners on projects to make those communities safer - such as Safer Towns and the establishment of tri-service safety officers – and that has made Cornwall one of the safest places to live in England.

“A combination of investment from Central Government and council tax contributions has funded an increase in police officer number from 2,924, when I was elected in 2016, to 3,422 in 2022.

“Today’s announced investment will go some way to supporting the steps necessary to improve household income, job security and opportunities for local people.

“It will also support local businesses to grow and it is proven that areas with thriving businesses suffer less crime.”

Read more about the new Towns Deal here>