HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY NAME CHANGE SET TO GO AHEAD TO INCLUDE THE ISLE OF WIGHT

Hampshire Constabulary looks set to become Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary as a result of Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones successfully securing the Government’s support for the name change.

The Commissioner’s campaign, which started early in 2021, has taken a big step forward following a letter from the Minister of State for Crime, Policing and Probation, Kit Malthouse MP.

The campaign is seeking to include the whole police force area by adding ‘Isle of Wight’ to the formal legal name of Hampshire Constabulary. The Island was previously included in the name between 1957 and 1967, but the force has been known as Hampshire Constabulary for the past 55 years.

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Commissioner Jones announced her bid to change the police force name on her first visit to the Isle of Wight (post her election) in June 2021. She launched a consultation to give residents the opportunity to have their say and indicate their support for the name change before writing to the Home Secretary to seek her support.

The rebranding and name changes on police uniforms, cars and buildings will be phased in as equipment is changed and updated. This will prevent any public money being wasted on the name change. There will be minimal immediate costs incurred to amend legal documents in the production of court orders and other legal documents thus avoiding costs of a rebranding exercise.

Donna Jones has today (Thursday) said:

“I have received strong support from residents to include the words ‘Isle of Wight’ in the name of Hampshire Constabulary. People on the Isle of Wight indicated to me throughout 2020/2021 that they feel disconnected from the mainland. This is not helped by the name of the force being ‘Hampshire Constabulary’.

Pcc Outside Newport Police Station
PCC Donna Jones outside Newport Police Station

“I am delighted that my bid to include the Isle of Wight in the police force area name has been successful and will now progress to seek Parliamentary approval.

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“The Isle of Wight is a unique community with a strong sense of identity. This is also complemented by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service who changed their name following the merger with the Isle of Wight Fire Service in 2021, to Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service. There will be no big rebranding exercise, this name will be phased in over time.”

Bob Seely MP said:

“I am delighted the name change is being taken forward to recognise that the force covers both Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It is important that the Island receives its fair share of support and is not overlooked.

“I am pleased that Donna listened to the voices of Island residents and set about making this change. I think she will be an extremely strong Police and Crime Commissioner and I look forward to working with her to address the Island’s needs.”

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Chief constable Olivia Pinkney said:

“It is welcome that the people of the Isle of Wight have been able to have their say, that their views have been listened to, and that there is a clear commitment to avoid any unnecessary public cost.”

In his response to the Commissioner, The Minister of State for Crime, Policing and Probation, Kit Malthouse MP, thanked the Commissioner for her representations on the name change and said:

“I can confirm that I have instructed officials to take steps to bring forward legislation to change the name of the Hampshire police area to include the Isle of Wight”.

The exact timeframes for implementing the regulations will be subject to the availability of Parliamentary time, though the name change is unlikely to be implemented before Summer 2022 (subject to Parliamentary approval).

Last year Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service also added Isle of Wight to its name, becoming Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, after the 2 services were merged.

UPDATE FRIDAY – Councillor Lora Peacey-Wilcox has said:

“This is a change that will be welcomed by Islanders.

“I recognise some strengths of being part of a larger police force, but the best policing always has strong local support and understanding.

“This change will help further build that local support here on the Island, and I am grateful to the Commissioner for taking our concerns seriously and acting on them.”

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Nick Black
Nick Black
14 days ago

Excellent!
We are suffering from the effects of years of cuts to our Police budget, but…
We can waste thousands having all signage, stationary, etc, etc changed!!

Paul
Paul
14 days ago

It’s just a pity that she can’t listen to the public’s concerns about the lack of policing on the island and do something about that. A change of name doesn’t mean anything, it’s just polishing a turd.

Very Old Bill
Very Old Bill
Reply to  Paul
14 days ago

Oh what fun, now Seely and the PCC can hold a party to celebrate., only half s sausage each tho

Dr.jollop
Dr.jollop
14 days ago

That should please the wooden tops,
But could go further and rebrand the service – Isle of Wight & Hampshire constabulary.

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
14 days ago

What a bloody joke. Get more police over here and stop with all the stupid name changing. Fair share of support, really, no, it won’t happen.

Monkeyface
Monkeyface
14 days ago

“Vectis Keystone Cops”…new name

IoW Dave
IoW Dave
14 days ago

Change the name change the badge, paper work, computer upgrades. It all costs a lot of money. I would sooner they put a few extra Bobby’s patrolling the streets.

Sam
Sam
14 days ago

I dont remember being asked to comment.
We do live on a island through choice. Of course we are going to feel disconnected. Der

Anne Howard
Anne Howard
14 days ago

A rose by another name……….

DickyDaniels
DickyDaniels
12 days ago

Another rise coming on the police precept, within our rip off council tax.
Action needed on crime. Not new badges and more hollow promises from the very expensive Police commissioner.

 

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