Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has welcomed news that Devon and Cornwall Constabulary will receive an extra £23.4million to tackle crime and keep our streets safe – an increase of 7.4% from last year.
The Government has announced an increase of up to £1.1 billion for police forces throughout England and Wales, to ensure our police can focus on keeping communities safe.
It comes on top of the Government’s plan to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers, along with ensuring they have more powers and better kit. Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is already set to receive an additional 141 officers this year, with more to come in the future.
As a result, overall police funding is set to increase by the biggest amount in a decade. This will see more money available to recruit, train and equip police officers, as well as investment in national priorities like tackling serious and organised crime, and our counter-terrorism capabilities.
Commenting, Steve said:
“I am delighted to see this additional increase in funding for our hard-working police force this year, to go along with the plans to recruit hundreds more officers for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary.”
“The Cornish MPs have been united with our Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, and I must pay tribute to how hard Alison has lobbied the Government in making the successful case for more funding, to go along with the many improvements she has already introduced for the area.”
“I will continue to do all I can to make sure our police and emergency services get the fair funding they deserve to help keep us all safe.”
Commenting, Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“This Government is delivering on the people’s priorities by giving policing the biggest funding increase in a decade.
“It will mean more officers tackling the crime blighting our streets, so people can feel safe in their communities.
“The police must now make full use of this significant investment to deliver for the public.”