The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has launched an official public consultation over the potential for the renaming of Hampshire Constabulary to reflect the Island.
Donna Jones announced her intention to consult on the name change, which could see Hampshire Constabulary renamed Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary.
The Commissioner has appealed to the public to indicate whether they would back the name change, as has written to the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, to request Government support due to the requirement for an amendment to the Police Act 1996.
PCC Donna Jones said:
“Before being elected I campaigned across the two counties for over a year and I received strong feedback from residents on the Isle of Wight that they would like the name of the second county included in the name of the police force that serves the mainland and the Island.
“Although separated from the mainland by the Solent, the Isle of Wight is very much part of the Hampshire policing area with much of the same community safety issues as other parts of the county. It is also a community with a strong sense of identity. I wish to promote their interests and respond to the concerns specific to the Island in a way that recognises their unique place in the area.
“Today I am launching a consultation to ask residents if they would support the ‘Isle of Wight’ being incorporated into the name of the force. If I gain support from residents, the decision is for the Home Office. There would be no rebranding exercise; the name change would be phased in.”
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