Magazine article Public Finance

Police Authorities Ask Reid for Pause on Mergers

Magazine article Public Finance

Police Authorities Ask Reid for Pause on Mergers

Article excerpt

Some police authorities are demanding that controversial merger plans be put on hold as Home secretary John Reid grapples with his new brief.

A handful of authority chairs took last week's reshuffle as an opportunity to call for a rethink on police amalgamation.

In a letter sent to national newspapers, seven police authority chairs - including those of West Mercia, Sussex and North Wales - reiterated their concerns about the cost and pace of the merger programme.

'We urge John Reid to listen to professionals, parliamentarians and the public and rethink plans to force police authorities across England and Wales to merge,' they wrote.

But their representative body, the Association of Police Authorities, took a more conciliatory line and would not be drawn on whether Reid's promotion presented a chance to re-open the debate.

An APA spokesman would tell Public Finance only: 'We welcome the appointment of Dr John Reid as home secretary and look forward to working constructively with him to deliver an efficient and effective police service. …

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