The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel has
approved plans to raise the policing part of the Council tax precept by 2%.
This equates to an increase, on average, of £3.19 per household per year.
Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg says: "We
believed that not raising the police part of the council tax during the next
financial year would have a major impact on policing in Devon, Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly. It would have meant that officer numbers may have fallen to
well below 3,000."
"We are working hard to maintain officer numbers at their
current levels and there was a real need for the Force to increase funds to be
able do this."
Today's panel meeting also confirmed the appointment of
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer.
He has been the temporary Chief Constable since the
departure of Stephen Otter early in 2012.
Tony Hogg says: "Shaun Sawyer was the outstanding candidate during the
selection and interview process and has demonstrated a clear vision and strong
leadership. We have already built an excellent working relationship, and I am
now keen to build on that further as we develop our strategic policing plan for
The panel spent some time considered the Police and Crime
plan which sets out the priorities of the Commissioner, in close liaison with
the Chief Constable. These include
Reducing crime and bringing offenders to justice Giving
victims and witnesses a stronger voice Listening and responding to the public
Strong leadership at every level Investing in policing for the future.
The final Police and Crime plan has to be issued on or
before March 31st 2013