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 25 September during a productive Alliance Convergence Board meeting.
Both chief constables and PCCs agreed on 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 Alison Hernandez will be taking it to the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel meeting for further discussion on Friday 5 October.
The concerns raised by PCC Alison Hernandez have been around the conclusions drawn in relation to the engagement responses and limitations of council tax options available. Basically, council tax would have to rise for residents in Devon & Cornwall if there is a merger.
A final decision will be made on Monday 8 October after both Police and Crime Panel meetings, which are taking place within the next 10 days. If the Crime Panel disagrees then the plan will be rejected and no merger will take place.
Both chief constables and PCCs would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the engagement and provided feedback.