200 PCSO’s out, 100 police officers, 50 investigators and 30 online staff in, says Hernandez

“Devon and Cornwall Police plans to spend £24m on 100 new constables, 50 investigators and 30 online staff, but PCSOs will be cut by about 200 over the next four years.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “The front-line has become very stretched over the past years of austerity.

“At the same time demand has increased and the need for specialist capabilities, such as firearms officers and public order trained staff, has grown to meet the national and international threats.

“The redesign and reprioritisation of our workforce will require us to move some staff from existing roles, such as PCSOs, to other police staff roles, new staff investigation roles or to join up as police officers depending on their career aspirations and suitability.”

Source” BBC Devon website.

PCC Hernandez has authorised the release of £10m from police reserves (currently £70m) and expects the rest to come from council tax contributions.