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Devon & Cornwall PCC: 'Simply unfair' lack of funds for policing

Tony Hogg says the standard of policing the public is used to would not be sustainable with the new funding plans. Credit: ITV West Country

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has written to the government to ask for fairer funding for his police force.

Tony Hogg says the force will lose a further £24 million under the government's funding policy.

He says it doesn't account for the increase in population in the summer months, and puts the police force at a disadvantage because it covers such a large area.

"Some of the policing that the public has come to terms with over decades in terms of neighbourhood policing, or roads policing, look like they would be unsustainable if we can't overturn these proposals from the government - which are simply unfair to Devon and Cornwall."

– Tony Hogg, Devon & Cornwall PCC

Why has PCC Tony Hogg decided not to stand again?

Tony Hogg is stepping down as PCC for Devon and Cornwall in May 2016 Credit: ITV News

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has announced that he will not seek re-election next May.

Tony Hogg was elected in 2012, and says he is proud of his achievements in overseeing the force.

ITV News asked his office why Mr Hogg was stepping down. This is their response.

  • Having set up the role and made it a success, he feels it is a good time to move on
  • Staying on another term will take him over the age of 70
  • His job keeps him away most weekdays and he wants to spend more time with his family
  • He is not stepping down - he will still be in post until May, with a lot to achieve before then.

You can read more about Mr Hogg's plans here.

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Devon & Cornwall's PCC 'not seeking re-election'

The Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg on walkabout in Exmouth Credit: ITV News

Tony Hogg has announced that he will not seek re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly next May. Mr Hogg, was elected in November 2012 and will step down in eight months' time.

I have three main priorities that will keep me working right up to the point that I handover to the next commissioner - improving police funding, effective community policing and the transformation of volunteering and the Special Constabulary.

– Tony Hogg

Earlier this month, Mr Hogg hit out at the "scandalous lack of funding" of Devon and Cornwall Police. He says he will continue his campaign before he retires.

My campaign to achieve fair funding for Devon and Cornwall Police in the annual policing grant forms a leading part of our plans to meet public sector savings targets.

– Tony Hogg

Police say responding to non-emergency calls can take time

Devon & Cornwall Police's non emergency phone service has been described as 'unacceptable' by the Police & Crime Commissioner.

According to a report from Tony Hogg, one in five callers are having to wait twenty minutes to be dealt with. He also described the technology used by the force as 'not fit for purpose'. The Police say they're having to make some difficult choices. Chief Inspector Jim Nye says responding to the calls can take time.

Police's non-emergency line 'unfit for purpose'

Devon & Cornwall Police's non-emergency phone service has been described as 'unacceptable' by the Police & Crime Commissioner.

According to a report from Tony Hogg, one in five callers are having to wait twenty minutes to be dealt with. He also described the technology used by the force as 'not fit for purpose'. The police say they're having to make some difficult choices.

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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall talks about the task ahead

It's a month since Tony Hogg was elected the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. He has a daunting task ahead of him with cuts to policing and rising crime.

Our reporter Bob Cruwys has been talking to him about his mission to engage with the public, many of whom, judging by the turnout at the election, don't really know what he's there to do.