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Region’s forces rise to the financial challenge with new plans to share resources

Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables from the region have today (Monday 9 December) signed an agreement to share more policing services in the future to free up funding that can be invested in the frontline.

The agreement between Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will help safeguard police officer numbers as well as achieving better value for money services for the public.

Signing up to a Memorandum of Understanding, the three organisations will now pursue opportunities to collaborate fully on operational support and organisational support functions which include finance, fleet, estates and facilities, legal, human resources, professional standards, training, ICT, firearms licensing, custody and crime recording.

The agreement will enable three-force business case development for sharing services, but also recognises that not everything the police do is suitable for this type of partnership working.

Local policing, including incident response and neighbourhood policing, will continue to be delivered by the individual forces, thereby enabling the specific priorities of each Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan to be met.

Commenting on the new agreement, which was formally agreed at a meeting today, Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright said: “Our collaboration efforts are focused on increasing the resilience of the service while protecting the frontline and making the savings required. This is a very positive step forward that cements our relationship as we look to continue the momentum.”

Chief Constable Simon Parr said: “We continue to need to make savings, and in order to continue to deliver effective and efficient frontline policing to the public of Cambridgeshire, collaborating more of our services with our neighbouring forces is our best option.

“Realisation of the benefits from this new three-force collaboration programme will help address these challenges, maximise the return to the taxpayer and protect the delivery of frontline policing, particularly the local policing teams.”

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