More police merger news today as forces struggle to save cash in the 20% finance cuts debacle.
Three forces are to share an Assistance Chief Constable in what could become a more widespread Ă‚Â strategy.
Hertfordshire’s Assistance Chief, Steve Devine, is to head a department which will be responsible for a number of departmental ‘mergers’. Hertfordshire currently already share their dog, firearms & major crimes unit with Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire is joining ship. The joint chief will be responsible for implementing moreĂ‚Â changesĂ‚Â withĂ‚Â scientificĂ‚Â services & professional standards. (hopefully, it means some of the rubber heel squad will be kicked back out onto the streets to investigate real crimes rather than those which make up a lot of their current fare – ‘diversity’ issues etc, etc).
The BBC news report does not mention whether any of the three forces will now sack any of their senior management team, nor how much cash the forces hope to save with the initiative.