Proposed Merger Consultation – Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police

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The Challenge
• Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police felt they were approaching the limits of what they could achieve as two separate forces working in strategic alliance and believed a single merged force of the two would provide a better service in addition to making significant savings
• The two forces, as well as the two OPCCs (collectively called ‘the clients’) wished to consult the public on their proposed merger and subsequently commissioned Enventure Research to conduct this consultation in order to understand their attitudes and opinions towards their proposal


The Approach
• The clients designed a questionnaire with the assistance of Enventure Research which asked questions about the proposed merger in addition to a series of demographic questions to ensure inclusivity and to allow for subgroup analysis at the reporting stage
• The consultation survey was open to anyone who lived in, worked in or visited Devon, Cornwall and Dorset and was made available through several channels to encourage maximum participation, in addition to a representative telephone survey of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset residents
• Enventure Research hosted and managed the survey online and distributed paper and Easy Read copies of the questionnaire to various locations throughout Dorset, whilst police staff administered the survey with members of the public using CAPI devices at various police events throughout the consultation period
• A total of 9,775 responses were received to the open consultation survey, with 8,001 being members of the public and 1,767 being members of staff from the two police forces
• A telephone survey of 2,053 Devon, Cornwall and Dorset residents was also conducted by Enventure Research with quotas set on county, age and gender to ensure that the sample was representative of the local population


The Outcome
• Following the coding of any open-ended responses and detailed analysis, Enventure Research provided the clients with a detailed report of the consultation findings using tables, charts and commentary broken down by the respondent type and county
• The findings were used to make a final decision that a business case should not be presented to the Home Secretary regarding a merger of the two police forces


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