MP demands more money for police officers

Dan Rogerson
North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson Photo: ITV Westcountry

A West Country MP says Devon and Cornwall Police should be entitled to extra money to pay for a hundred more officers.

Due to budget cuts across the whole of the country, Devon and Cornwall Police is facing a 20% cut over the next four years. 700 officers and a further 500 staff could potentially lose their jobs.

But Dan Rogerson, Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall, told Parliament the way funding was worked out meant the force was being unfairly treated - and this will affect both morale and services.

He says as Devon and Cornwall is underfunded at present, the force is entitled to receive nearly £5 million. This could pay for a hundred officers.

I hope we'll see the adequate funding which we need coming to Devon and Cornwall, even if it means more of a cut for those areas that have been overfunded for some time.

– Dan Rogerson, Lib Dem MP, North Cornwall

Our political correspondent, Bob Constantine, spoke to Dan Rogerson outside Parliament earlier. You can watch the full interview here: