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20 May 2015, 07:21
Hertfordshire Police says it has agreed to merge another two departments with it's neighbouring forces.
The Strategic Alliance between Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary continues to strengthen following agreement being reached on 14 May to progress collaboration of the Human Resources and Learning & Development functions.
Collaboration across these functions is expected to save around £4.3 million which will contribute to the £61.1 million shortfall the forces are currently facing between now and 2019/20.
Andy Bliss Chief Constable for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: "Having planned carefully, we are now moving forwards with our collaboration plans. A collaborated Human Resources and Learning & Development function will ensure that across the three forces we are best able to effectively respond to and support operational policing.
"The advantages of collaboration have already been proven through collaboration of a number of our operational units such as Major Crime and Roads Policing. These proposals will enable our vital Human Resources and training support functions for front line policing to be delivered in the best way and making best use of public money."
David Lloyd Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire added: "I am pleased we have reached these agreements which I believe will deliver better services and save money. My police and crime plan is all about protecting frontline policing and keeping it local and it is these sort of back office collaborations which enable us to do just that."
Collaboration of Human Resources and Learning & Development will be on a phased basis with the first phase being to appoint a single Senior Team by July 2015.
Agreement on a preferred option for Firearms Licensing was also reached this week. Under the plans the collaborated unit would continue to operate from locations in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. These proposals are expected to save around £224,000.
Staff will now be formally consulted on the proposals.