DEVON and Cornwall Police face having to save around £30 million over the next four years because of cuts in government funding.
This figure is in addition to the £51 million the force has already had to save, leading to the loss of 400 officers.
The force declined to comment ahead of the central funding announcement, which is due next week.
Merging its major crime team with the Avon and Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire police was discussed but has been ruled out for the time being.
Special Branch officers from the five South West forces already pool resources and work together and Devon and Cornwall has begun examining areas of collaboration with Dorset Police.
Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg is set to ask for a 2% rise in the police's share of the council tax in an attempt to protect services.
Devon and Cornwall Police said its budget had not yet been finalised and "all areas of working were being examined in order to make savings".