Dan Rogerson calls for fair funding for Cornwall’s Police
After meeting with local police officers in the Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow areas, North Cornwall’s MP Dan Rogerson recently called a House of Commons debate on the subject of ‘Policing in Devon and Cornwall’.
Local Lib Dem MP Dan said:
“Given the changes and budget cuts facing the police service, I thought it was important that the Government were aware of how officers in North Cornwall feel about the changes. I raised issues of morale amongst the police, and the challenges of policing in rural areas.
“I also urged the government to provide a fair amount of funding for Devon & Cornwall Police, who have been underfunded for a number of years. This under-funding means that we should be entitled to receive more money, which could pay for around 100 police officers.”
The week after Dan’s debate, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary issued a report which named Devon and Cornwall as one of three police areas which may be at risk of not being able to provide an effect service, due to national changes to policing and a reduction in funding.
Speaking after the publication of that report, Dan Rogerson commented:
“It is worrying the police Inspectorate have now echoed my concerns in their report this week. I am continuing to discuss this with the Policing Minister, Nick Herbert, and am looking to the Government to be sympathetic to the challenges of policing a diverse rural area like Devon and Cornwall.”
A full transcript of Dan’s debate on local policing can be found online here: