Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill

Memorandum submitted by Malcolm G Gingell, Town Clerk, South Molton Town Council (PR 104)

I am writing on behalf of South Molton Town Council who at their recent meeting resolved to forward a letter of representation regarding the above.

Members are extremely concerned should this proposed Bill becoming an Act of Parliament due to Devon and Cornwall Police facing massive cuts to their funding in the region of £50m. This Town Council has already been informed that the front enquiry desk at our police station will shortly close with the loss of two staff being made redundant and all members are concerned that the future of the station is in jeopardy.

South Molton  Police Station serves a wide a area with over 26 parishes and to close this station would be very detrimental to the public that they serve. South Molton officers provide an excellent service and their crime detection rates are among the highest in the South West. Members are particularly concerned regarding the cost of the elections to replace the police authorities with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners in May 2012 at a cost in excess of £1 93m to Devon and Cornwall. This vast amount of money would be sufficient to employ an extra 50 officers in the Devon and Cornwall Force. 

The Town Council would request that this Bill be deferred until the economic state of the country is more favourable and more money is available for policing.

February 2011