Monday, June 05, 2006

Police Mergers: the Lincolnshire view

The media locally says that our local Police Authority are strongly against merger.

This is not quite true.

The Authority is not against change, but wants to be sure that what is proposed is the best solution and actually improves policing in our county.

Some Police Authorities have volunteered for merger.

In Lincolnshire, we have serious concerns for example, including costs of the merger, how it would affect council tax, the length of time before we would see any benefits, and future arrangements for local accountability.

None of these concerns have yet been resolved.

Our position is that we want to keep negotiating with the Home Office to get the best for Lincolnshire.

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