Bedfordshire Police To Consider Merger Plans

Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgshire will consider merging their Firearms and Explosives Licensing and Human Resources departments to help with budget cuts.

The Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables for the three services announced yesterday they'd consider plans to join the services together.

The move will help the three forces reduce the impact of budget cuts on frontline policing and make current processes more streamlined.

£23million is expected to be saved by new department collaborations between 2015/16 and 2018/19.

Under the new proposals, the two existing Firearms and Explosives Licensing departments will be combined into one based at one or two sites, serving all three counties. The police services are also planning on using a new e-commerce system, so people will be able to apply for licenses online.

Sir Graham Bright, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, said: "The decision to collaborate our Firearms and Explosives Licensing teams is another important step forward for the Strategic Alliance. By working more closely together in this way and streamlining processes based on industry best practice, Cambridgeshire Constabulary will be even better placed to meet tough spending targets while minimising the impact on local policing.

"As we move forward with collaboration it also makes sense to have a collaborated Human Resources and Learning and Development function that will be able to support staff and officers across the three forces."

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