Statement on the departure of Chief Constable

Commenting on the announced intention of the departure of Stephen Otter, Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, the MP for West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Andrew George, said:

“He has a good record which he should be justly proud. However, we need someone like Stephen to stay in post for what many fear could be a very disruptive period during which the most challenging efficiency gains and cost savings will have to be achieved. What we need is stability and certainty, not the disruption of experimenting with a new management gimmick – which is what the creation of elected Police Commissioners would be.

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