Police forces to collaborate on sharing services

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Three police forces have agreed to look for ways to pool administration work to save money for front-line activities.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on collaboration.

They will seek ways to share financial services, vehicle management, human resources, professional standards, training, ICT and crime recording.

But, police and crime commissioners and chief constables also agreed "not all services were suited to partnerships".

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins, said: "Joint working will help us optimise all our resources so that we're in a much better position financially and operationally to fight crime and protect our frontline services."

The forces merged their forensic, armed response and major crime units early in 2012, to save £2m a year.

In October last year, the three constabularies agreed to collaborate in some backroom departments to save £3m a year.

They said at that time by 2015, they hoped to have further joint services to save £20m a year.

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