Another in my daily posts featuring my answer recently in the Cornishman
“Is it right that the number of police officers in Cornwall is continuing to fall,
what would you do to stem this loss and should the role of Police and Crime Commissioner continue."
It is not right that police numbers continue to fall. Both coalition partners promised to increase police numbers, yet did the opposite in power, no one voted for this. There is increased demand on our police force, not only from crime but as we saw recently mental health patients being put in cells due to lack of resources in the NHS.
This is one of the ways the police are being squeezed from both sides by the coalition's short sighted spending cuts.
My party Mebyon Kernow did not support the creation of police and crime commissioners. It was the first election I chose not to vote in, because I felt so strongly it was not neccesary. The post is excessively expensive and worse still there is no evidence it has made policing better, it should be scrapped immediately.
We need an accountable police force and having a centralised Devon and Cornwall force is not in our interest. Let alone the further mergers being schemed about. There needs to be better connections with the public not inefficient phone numbers and front desks closing. We need a properly funded Cornish police force and a refocus on front line policing.