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  1. Chief constables "feel it is the right time.". CC Debbie Simpson and CC Shaun Sawyer The chief constables of Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Police have announced plans to explore further collaboration and closer working between the two forces. Both chiefs reveal they “feel that now is the right time” to explore whether a full merger between the two forces is possible. The police and crime commissioners from both areas have informed the policing minister of their support. Over the coming weeks a consultation with MPs and councils will begin. In a joint statement CC Shaun Sawyer, Devon & Cornwall, and CC Debbie Simpson, Dorset, said: “The strategic alliance has made significant progress helping us provide a more effective and efficient policing service to the residents of our three counties. “We now see this as a timely opportunity to progress this alliance further, including a potential aim to merge our resources and create a more resilient police force. “Policing has faced some significant funding challenges in recent years and we do not see this landscape changing. To preserve local, neighbourhood policing and deliver safeguarding within our communities, as well as an ability to respond to emergencies and emerging threats as effectively as possible, we view closer working as the only way forward.” Shared leadership is already in place across both forces with two DCCs sharing portfolio areas as well as operational commanders and heads of department in some areas. Police departments such as operations, roads policing and prevention as well as 17 other areas are also operating across three counties with a further 11 departments currently going through changes which will see them aligned. The forces also now share a number of support services such as Administration, Information Technology and Human Resources. The chief constables added: “We have been able to make this progress so far because of our staff’s hard work and conscious effort to work in collaboration. “Our officers across Dorset, Devon and Cornwall have similar policing styles, values and priorities with cultures based on delivering resilient and sustainable services to our communities. “We know working together has increased our resilience, streamlined our leadership and unlocked new capabilities in our support functions allowing us, where we can, to re-invest in our services. We feel that now is the right time to explore whether a full merger between the two forces is possible. “We realise there may be statutory obstacles to overcome and there is a lot of work to be done to understand the benefits and challenges ahead. We will also ensure that the views and feelings of the public are taken account of. "As a result, a decision is unlikely to be made quickly but we are absolutely committed to exploring the possibility of a merger in order to continue to provide a sustainable police service for all of our communities in the future.” View on Police Oracle
  2. Force is pressing ahead with scheme which some officers say is turning them away from the job. The mergers have already pushed control room staff to threaten strike action. A Metropolitan Police pilot scheme to merge London boroughs into single command units will continue despite it causing some officers to “hate” going to work. Towards the end of last year Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge and Havering all merged into one with Camden and Islington also combining. These Basic Command Units (BCUs) are overseen by a chief superintendent, with four superintendents each working under them. Vehicles, technology, personnel and buildings are shared between the boroughs within the units in an attempt to save the Met money. Back in November last year before the scheme was launched Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons, who is in charge of the pilot, said: “Change is important for the Met to remain operationally effective in the changing policing landscape.” The chairman of the London Assembly police and crime committee expressed concerns about the mergers and insisted the measure should not be “driven by cost cutting”. Now a number of officers working under the new arrangements appear to be unhappy about their new working conditions, voicing their concerns via social media. At the beginning of July a leaked paper appeared to imply the full programme of the controversial mergers will go ahead despite the pilots not yet being fully assessed. Later the same month control room staff threatened to go on strike during the Notting Hill Carnival over the stresses Pathfinder was putting them under and dangers it posed to the public. The PCS union said at the time: “We have been pushing for months for improvements to new ways of working that we feared would compromise the safety of staff and members of the public. “Members had been telling us about the increased stress of working the new ‘Pathfinder’ system and the risks they posed to the public.” The strike was eventually avoided after the Met provided “assurances” to increase the amount of staff by 135 and invest in new computer systems. Despite the issues and controversy caused by the pilot the force is determined to press ahead and denied rumours they were rolling back any of the units. A spokesman said: “The Basic Command Unit pathfinders, or test sites, in Camden and Islington (North Central Area Command Unit) and Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge (East Area Command Unit) are ongoing, after going fully live at the end of April 2017. “The pathfinders are a genuine test and the Met continues to learn from the way they are operating. “Each of the pathfinders have thrown up different challenges, and the Met are adapting the model to overcome these challenges. “Neither pathfinder site is being rolled back but we are making changes to make the model more efficient. “The purpose of the pathfinder sites is to test the model and make changes as necessary before we roll it out more widely. “The Mayor and the Commissioner will together, towards the end of 2017, consider the evidence from the Pathfinders and the views of stakeholders, before determining the manner of any further roll-out across London.” View on Police Oracle
  3. Update from BTP Fed http://www.railtechnologymagazine.com/Rail-News/btp-rail-industry-nervous-about-policing-integration?dorewrite=false
  4. Police Constable 1

    Police dog units to merge (2 stories)

    Police dog units to merge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34657170 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-34651262 Now why didn't someone think if 5 forces are merging units to create two separate units, why didn't the five forces merge to make one unit........
  5. And so it begins (well continues...) NEIGHBOURING FORCES AGREE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO HIT SAVINGS TARGETS Discussions have begun which will see specialist police resources and support functions in the Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset forces being shared under a new strategic alliance, or ‘collaboration’ as both forces seek to secure significant savings over the next five years. The two forces already collaborate on Brunel, a shared Major Crime Investigation Team, and Special Branch. Building on these successful foundations, the forces expect a wider collaboration will deliver a more efficient and cost effective police service for local communities. Over the past four years each of the forces has had to find substantial savings and, although this has not been easy, these have been achieved. We anticipate that further significant savings will have to be found by 2018/19 and hope that by collaborating where we can, the impact on the delivery of frontline services will be lessened. Discussions between the Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables about a strategic alliance began in December 2014. These discussions are still at an early stage but it has been agreed that specialist police resources, protective services as well as corporate services will be included in the alliance. It has been agreed that both forces will retain their Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables, and that neighbourhood and response policing will continue to be delivered and overseen locally. Speaking about the proposals, Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “We're very optimistic about finding ways of working more closely together in the future. We have a good track record with existing collaborations and there are clear benefits for both forces in pursuing further opportunities." Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson added: “It’s important to stress that Wiltshire Police and Avon and Somerset Police are not merging; both will retain their own leadership and identity. This strategic alliance would look at how we could share more of our resources, such as specialist police resources and office functions. Local policing – which we know is so important to our communities – would continue to be delivered locally in response to communities’ needs. “Police budgets are in a very challenging state and in the coming years this collaboration would help find the savings that both forces need to make.” Posted on Monday 26th January 2015 http://www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk/Events-and-Engagement/News-Archive/2015/Jan/Strategicalliance.aspx
  6. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/14/reform-cuts-public-risk-police-emergency-services-austerity

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