Magazine article Public Finance

Home Secretary to Force through Police Mergers

Magazine article Public Finance

Home Secretary to Force through Police Mergers

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Home Secretary Charles Clarke has made it clear he will press ahead with controversial police force mergers despite widespread opposition.

The second wave of forces singled out for merger had until April 7 to volunteer but most refused to do so. They now have until August 11 to lodge an objection to the process.

Under Clarkes plans, the five forces in the East Midlands will join up to form a single force, as will Surrey and Sussex in the Southeast. Kent, Hampshire and Thames Valley remain as standalone forces.

In the East of England, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk are to merge into one, as will Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire. In the North, Humberside, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire have also been instructed to amalgamate.

Of these forces, only Norfolk and North Yorkshire chose to do so, but because of a lack of agreement from their neighbours are unable to proceed on a voluntary basis. …

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