Possibility of single leadership and governance model for Warwickshire and West Mercia is being considered for further savings.
A potential merger of Warwickshire and West Mercia Police is being examined by the forcesâ€™ chief constables and police and crime commissioners (PCCs) as a way of achieving greater savings.
Warwickshire Chief Constable Andy Parker (pictured) said that while both forces were reaping the benefits from their strategic alliance â€“ which sees a single operating model with the same business leaders and directors â€“ the possibility of merging leadership and governance was now on the table.
In a radio interview, CC Parker said that the extensive collaborative arrangements between the forces meant they were â€œeffectively operating as one organisationâ€ and that alliance had already achieved Â£30 million in savings.
â€œA merger would take it one step further where you would have single leadership and governance,â€ he added. â€œWe have made a lot of the budget savings already and we have benefited greatly from the strategic alliance.
â€œWe could make further savings if we had a single leadership and considered a merger. I do think that before we do that we need to talk to the public, the politicians and the PCC.
CC Parker estimated that â€“ by implementing a single leadership and governance model â€“ additional savings of Â£1.5 million could be made.
However, Warwickshire PCC Ron Ball stressed that there would not be a merger before 2016.
He added: â€œWe are getting a lot of benefits from working more closely than any two forces in the country.
â€œThis is so cutting edge and we are getting people from all over the country coming to see what we are doing.
â€œThere are benefits of having pride and attachment to your own unit. At the moment we are getting the best of both but that does not stop us from looking at other options.â€
From Police Oracle