Devon and Cornwall Police 2% tax rise to 'save' police

A 2% rise in the policing element of council tax has been proposed by Devon and Cornwall Police in a bid to save about 200 officers in the region.

Police crime commissioner Tony Hogg made the budget proposals which would equate to about £3 per household.

While the money raised from it will not mean more police officers join the force, it will mean the cuts to the force will be slowed.

The force planned to cut 700 officers by 2015 to save £51m.

Officer numbers in the force are expected to drop from 3,500 in March 2010 to about 2,800 by March 2015 because of the savings plans.

Mr Hogg said he would not comment on the proposals until they had been discussed by the Police and Crime Panel on 8 February.

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