Cambridgeshire police unite with other forces due to help with finances

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Proposals to collaborate key police departments across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire are another step closer.

The move, agreed on Thursday (February 19) is to help all three forces reduce the impact budget cuts will have on front-line policing and make existing processes more streamlined.

Under the proposals, the two existing Firearms and Explosives Licensing units, serving the three counties, will become one shared function based at either one or two sites. The final proposal will be determined in the coming months.

The three forces are also considering the introduction of new technologies to help streamline processes further.

These include an e-commerce system that would enable people to apply for their firearms and explosives licences 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.”

By 2019, it is anticipated that a wide range of further joint operational and organisational support functions will have been established.

Savings of £23 million are forecast to be delivered by new collaborations between 2015-16 and 2018-19.

Cambridgeshire police Chief Constable Simon Parr said: “The operational and financial advantages of joining specialist units together have already been proven by units such as Major Crime and Roads Policing.

“Joining up these teams will enable us to deliver even more co-ordinated and efficient services across the three forces.

“They will also help sustain local policing which is key to fighting crime in Cambridgeshire.”