Monday, June 05, 2006

Police Mergers...or stand alone?

I attended the Association of Police Authorities annual confererence last autumn, when Denis O’Connor presented his findings.

He was adamant – as suggested by Paul - that in his experience cooperation between neighbouring forces tended to be awkward, bureaucratic and not as effective as full-blown merger.

He suggested that police forces of below 4,000 officers were simply not able to close the gap he identified.

Lincolnshire has less than one third of this number of officers.

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