An historic three-way collaboration programme between three police forces, which it is claimed will help to protect local policing in Cambridgeshire, has moved decisively forward following Cambs Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright’s decision to agree commencement of the work associated with the programme.
A document outlining the approach to the changes has been agreed by the chief constables and the required decisions presented to Commissioner Bright at Welwyn Garden City yesterday (14) together with his opposite numbers from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
The agreement enables the three forces to develop business cases to collaborate fully on operational support and organisational support functions which include finance, fleet, estates and facilities, legal services, human resources, training, ICT, firearms licensing, public contact centres, control rooms, custody and crime recording.
Sir Graham said: “We are always looking at ways to share services that will offer increased resilience, an efficient service and deliver value for money. We already have a track record of successful collaboration. I am delighted that this agreement cements the collaboration programme.”
Chief Constable Simon Parr added: “Like every police force, Cambridgeshire faces significant financial and operational challenges in the coming years.
“We have already proved that collaboration between the three forces can be successfully achieved. This programme will help us to protect frontline policing whilst achieving better value for money services for the public.”