Magazine article Public Finance

A Single Police Force 'Can Be Made to Work'

Magazine article Public Finance

A Single Police Force 'Can Be Made to Work'

Article excerpt

A single police force covering the whole of Wales could lead to more effective crimefighting, the chief constable of South Wales told delegates at the CIPFA in Wales annual conference in Cardiff.

Barbara Wilding said that it was 'hugely expensive' to combat terrorism and deal with organised crime, critical incidents and public disorder through small forces. Merging the current four constabularies in Wales Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, South Wales and North Wales could produce economies of scale and better local services.

'Moving to one force will allow us to consolidate the way in which we deliver protective services to a good quality! she said. 'We have learnt a lot through our collaborative working and we know that we can make it work!

Wilding was responding to proposals from the Home Office this month that suggested slashing the number of police forces in England and Wales from 43 to as few as 12. Home secretary Charles Clarke indicated that his personal preference was for a single force in Wales.

But the chief constable admitted that a merger would be 'distracting' and said that the four forces had yet to decide whether they favoured a unified approach. They will be meeting separately over the next two weeks before making individual recommendations. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.