Ur­gent ac­tion de­manded on po­lice ‘cri­sis’

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A Ply­mouth city coun­cil­lor is call­ing for an emer­gency re­call of the Devon and Corn­wall Po­lice and Crime Panel af­ter Chief Con­sta­ble Shaun Sawyer an­nounced that “the thin blue line is bro­ken” across the two coun­ties.

Cllr Gareth Der­rick, who rep­re­sents Labour for the Ham ward on the city coun­cil, said: “Last week’s Bud­get gave noth­ing at all to our po­lice, af­ter years of cuts that have hit neigh­bour­hood polic­ing. Amidst a pub­lic back­lash about rapidly ris­ing crime and poor po­lice per­for­mance, our chief con­sta­ble Shaun Sawyer de­clared last week on BBC Ra­dio Devon that the ‘the thin blue line is bro­ken’ across Devon and Corn­wall.

“The chief con­sta­ble’s com­ments ex­pose what is un­doubt­edly a se­ri­ous cri­sis in polic­ing in our re­gion.

“An­nounc­ing that the prob­lems can only be solved by more fund­ing or a ‘re­set of ex­pec­ta­tions’, he was clear that lives are be­ing lost as a di­rect re­sult of po­lice cut­backs. We can­not just sit back and watch this hap­pen. The safety of Ply­mouth res­i­dents and peo­ple all over Devon and Corn­wall is in­creas­ingly be­ing put at risk by a crit­i­cally over-stretched po­lice force and a po­lice com­mis­sioner that sits on the side­line.”

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