THE police Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall has reiterated his plea for the public to take an active role in local policing.
Tony Hogg has targeted volunteering opportunities within the force and has set out plans to increase the strength of the Special Constabulary.
“I am very keen to take the opportunity to promote the vital work undertaken by specials and volunteers in general.” said Mr Hogg.
“There are major and obvious benefits of this for our rural communities, so it’s appropriate to highlight this at the Devon County Show.
“We are facing some tough financial decisions over the coming years and it’s therefore imperative that we look at how we can cost effectively maintain Devon and Cornwall as one of the safest areas in the country.
“Together with fresh thinking, we must do everything we can to encourage the public to play a fuller part in policing through volunteering.”
The theme of the commissioner’s stand at the show, which had to be cancelled today after heavy rain turned car parks into a quagmire, was “Building Safer Communities Together”.
It had been offering advice on everything from joining the Special Constabulary and police cadets, to getting involved in Neighbourhood Watch.
Mr Hogg was also asking for public opinion on the service they receive from local police, the impact of alcohol on communities and nightlife, and Community Remedies – a process which would allow victims the choice to select an appropriate punishment for an offender involved in a low level crime.