Yarcombe Parish Council (Rural area) concern over reduced policing

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Sarah-Jane Martin

Dear Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner,

At our Parish Council meeting on Monday evening, following the notification from our Local PCSO that Policing numbers are due to be reduced further, it was highlighted after a recent spate of burglaries that more and more crime is coming out of the towns and cities into rural areas.

We used to have regular monthly crime reported for Yarcombe and Marsh but now with 15 Parish Councils to look after this is becoming too much for our local Honiton force due to their reduced numbers. Whilst we would welcome a quarterly report to reduce this workload, the consensus of opinion by the Councillors that the reduction of Policing in Devon and Cornwall is appalling and unacceptable.

Yours faithfully,

Sarah-Jane Martin
Clerk, Yarcombe Parish Council
email, [email address]

MARTIN Richard 91690, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Sarah-Jane


Thank you for your email of 9th March but I am disappointed to read of
your Parish Council's conclusions about local policing.

It is to address concerns such as those you raise, that I took the
decision to increase the police precept to fund additional police
officers.  The increase in this year’s council tax precept will allow us
to recruit an additional 85 officers, taking the police force strength to
3,100 by the end of next year. This is 186 more police officers than when
I was elected PCC. This recruitment is made possible with the support of
the public who have indicated that they would be willing to pay more for
additional police officers.


The deployment of officers and staff is a matter solely for the Chief
Constable. I have passed your letter to the Chief Constable’s office in
order that they are aware of your concerns and so they can reassure you
about the policing of east Devon.


I would also like to take this opportunity to highlight that we have
established a small but dedicated policing resource to support local
officers with the particular challenges faced by rural policing. Some of
the issues faced in rural areas require specialist knowledge not part of a
regular officer's skill set - such as the theft of livestock and wildlife
crimes. These new officers will support the frontline handle these crimes
more effectively, collate evidence and engage with rural communities.


Yours sincerely


Alison Hernandez

Police and Crime Commissioner


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Sarah-Jane Martin

Dear MARTIN Richard 91690,

Thank you very much for forwarding the response from Alison Hernadez.

Please could you pass on my thanks to her for taking the time to write to us and let her know I shall pass her comments back to the Yarcombe Parish Councillors, who I am sure will be delighted with her response.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah-Jane Martin

MARTIN Richard 91690, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dear Sarah-Jane


Thank you for your email. I will indeed pass on your thanks to Alison.


Best regards


Richard Martin

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

[email address]

[mobile number]




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GROVES Lee 14789, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner

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Good afternoon


Please find my reply to your recent letter to the OPCC reference the
numbers of Police staff in your local area.





Inspector Groves

Sector Inspector

Rural East Devon

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Sarah-Jane Martin

Dear Senior Inspector Groves

Thank you very much for your letter which I shall pass on to the Councillors.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah-Jane Martin