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  1. Police renew partnership powers to help safeguard population of one of Britain's most important geological and wildlife havens. Carry on rangers: Another three years for Devon and Cornwall's Community Safety Accreditation Scheme with the Dartmoor Park Rangers Date - 6th March 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle A force has given a high priority stamp of approval to a trusted group of low-level crime fighters to protect one of Britain’s most important areas of natural beauty while “extending the reach” of the police family. The Devon and Cornwall force has renewed police powers granted to rangers on Dartmoor National Park until 2022 to allow them to continue to support efforts to increase community safety and reduce anti-social behaviour in a region famed for its geological and wildlife importance. Policing’s Community Safety Accreditation Scheme has been running since 2015 on Dartmoor and gives the park’s ranger service special status to deal with a wide range of issues. The CSAS – a partnership geared to sharing intelligence and information – allows rangers to stop and direct traffic, help deal with illegal encampments and fires, join special constables on joint patrols, and supervise road closures during adverse weather conditions. Since being accredited through the scheme the rangers have taken on a number of joint operations with the force and other agencies including targeting speeding, vehicle break-ins, red diesel testing, vehicle tax and insurance issues, off-road driving plus general awareness and advice. Driving behaviour and parking can sometimes cause issues at some moorland beauty spots and rangers have the authority to challenge drivers and take names and details if they do not comply with the traffic direction of a CSAS-accredited person. Motorists who refuse would be committing an offence. To use these powers, accredited rangers must be on duty in full uniform, displaying a CSAS patch on their uniform and possess a power card and police-issued ID. Partnership Superintendent Jim Gale said: “The scheme reinforces our commitment to work in partnership with local organisations to provide a safer community and improve the quality of life in Devon and Cornwall, allowing these organisations to be recognised as part of the extended policing family. “They are not a replacement for our neighbourhood policing team, but work in partnership to complement each other’s work.” Community and landscape management ranger Rob Steemson added: “The DNPA Ranger Service is pleased to be a part of this partnership to help make Dartmoor National Park a safer place for our residents and those that visit. “Our role in dealing with the many aspects of anti-social behaviour experienced in the national park, such as littering, vehicle brake-ins, irresponsible driving and illegal camping is enhanced through this joint working. “Although much of this work is tackling what is termed low-level crime, it nonetheless has a considerable impact on communities, visitors and the fragile Dartmoor environment. We look forward to another successful three years.” CSAS manager Becki Brodest pointed to a number of benefits of the scheme including reassurance to members of the community of the training and vetting completed by the rangers. She added: “It also allows better communication and improved relationships between the police and partner agencies. “The accreditation of limited but targeted powers allows those accredited to be more effective in the role they already undertake, but more importantly assists with ensuring safer communities for all to live, work and visit.” The 368 square miles of Dartmoor lays claims to the largest area of granite in Britain, covered by superficial peat deposits. View On POlice Oracle
  2. PCC says she doesn't want 'senior management of police navel gazing about a merger for any longer than necessary'. (L-R) Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill and Chief Constable James Vaughan Date - 15th August 2018 By - Sophie Garrod - Police Oracle 6 Comments Councillors discussing the potential merger between Devon, Cornwall and Dorset Police have been left frustrated and concerned over the lack of planning detail provided. The new force, which will be the biggest in the UK by geographical area, will be run by one chief constable, overseen by one PCC and would come into existence in May 2020. But at a Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel meeting on Friday, councillors found themselves unable to scrutinise the plans - due to be submitted to the Home Office on October 12 - because of a shortfall in specifics. Cornwall Councillor Carolyn Rule said: “I’m disappointed we haven’t got the workings and thinking thus far - there’s nothing for us in the business case. “It was a lovely presentation, very interesting, lots of nice words, but we haven’t actually got anything to delve down into and I feel as though we’ve all wasted our time being here today because we can’t give you the support you need at the moment as you haven’t told us the information so we can’t scrutinise it.” It emerged during the meeting that Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Herdanadez had not even seen the blueprints yet. Cornwall Councillor Chris Batters told them: “At this point in time you have yet to see the business plan. "If this was a business and I was asked to support and invest in it, one of the first things I would be doing is looking for a business plan for which I could put my support to and invest my money in, and we’re sitting here as 15 representatives of this region today and none of us know what this business plan is. “Quite honestly I cannot see how I could support what you have in mind. I don’t know where we’re going with it, all these aspirations – seen it before. Aspirations means nothing to me, at the end of the day it’s guarantees or nothing.” Torridge District councillor, Philip Hackett, suggested the panel push for a delay in the merger and aim instead for 2024 describing the move as a “shotgun wedding.” He added: “We are just a few weeks short of the final deadline (Oct 12) but there is no evidence on the table to tell us how it is going to be. The devil is in the detail. Marriage is easy, but divorce is a very murky subject, and if we get this wrong, there is no going back.” PCC Ms Hernandez pleaded with the panel not to extend the timescale. She said: “I don’t want senior management of police navel gazing about a merger for any longer than necessary. Don’t extend the timescale as I would rather we either make a decision to merge which will be time well spent, or a decision to not merge and then get on with the day job of policing.” The panel agreed to move the date of its next meeting forward so a detailed business case could be presented which will then be forwarded to the Home Office by October 12. Earlier last month chiefs said the merger could result in an extra 430 officers across the three counties. This would include an immediate increase of about 100 officers due to the availability of an extra £3.2 million through savings from removing one chief constable and one PCC as well as sharing ICT systems. The rest would come from an increase in council tax. View On Police Oracle

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