So reads today’s headlines.
It may indeed be true. Personally I have always thought that the current Home Secretary and her gang have been pushing us towards a National Police Service. For more than one reason I don’t think that’s a good idea, and I remain to be convinced that even Regional Police Forces are necessarily a good idea, just look at what’s happened North of Hadrian’s Wall.
What MIGHT work and be beneficial is cooperation/amalgamation/merging (call it what you will) amongst neighbouring Forces in the area of Procurement etc.
We don’t need to go down the Outsourcing route, and there is certainly no reason why groups of Forces should not share common items of equipment or uniform.
I fully get why Forces need or want to retain their individual identity and control over the way they Police, but no reason whatsoever why they can’t all wear the same uniform with their own, individual badges etc.
No reason not to compile a catalogue of equipment that a group of Forces can select their patrol cars, computers, office equipment and furniture from. This makes sense.
We cannot avoid the fact that Cruella is going to force draconian cuts right across the board, pretending that it is necessary in the face of slashed budgets. Job cuts are never good, but a rationalisation of the workforce and Procurement processes etc are better than Outsourcing (posh name for Privatisation).
PCCs and Chief Constables now need to dig in and direct their Force’s own destiny, because as sure as eggs is eggs if they don’t Cruella will jump into the void and uncertainty and steer the shaky ship in the name of Austerity.
PCCS and NPCC it’s over to you. If you don’t want to merge, rationalise and cooperate with some services, better than full-scale mergers surely.