Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police have been working in a strategic alliance since 2015. The strategic alliance already involves collaboration in some critical areas such as roads policing, firearms (including armed response vehicles) and dog units, as well as supporting functions like finance, HR and IT.
However, they have found that they are approaching the limits of what they can achieve as two separate forces.
The Chief Constables have requested to merge the two police forces into a new single force. This will provide a single plan for policing, a more resilient service, and create a force which will have a far greater say in policing nationally. A merger will create significantly more savings than the strategic alliance can, which will help preserve local and neighbourhood policing, protect communities and improve the service that is delivered to the public.
They are, therefore, seeking your views on the possible merger, including any areas of policing you would like to see investments being made.
You can submit your views by completing the Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police Merger Survey by clicking on the “Working Together” logo below.
The survey should take 3-5 minutes to complete and the closing date is the 27th August 2018
You can find out more about the merger on the Future Policing website or by viewing these video clips.