“Devon and Cornwall police still have nearly 600 fewer officers now than they did eight years ago, despite an increase in numbers in the last year.
Government figures have revealed that Devon and Cornwall police had the equivalent of 2,959 full-time officers on their force in March 2018.
That’s an increase of 45 from the 2,914 full-time equivalent officers it had a year earlier.
However, despite this the force has lost more than one in every six of its officers since 2010, when there were 3,556 full-time officers on the team – a drop of 17% in less than a decade.
The increase seen in Devon and Cornwall in the last year has bucked the national trend. …”