Policing is under significant financial pressure due to ongoing Government funding cuts. There is a limit to how much can be taken out of individual force budgets before their Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables have to look elsewhere for savings – forces can no longer afford to stand alone.
Working more efficiently and effectively via collaboration with other organisations is a key part of your PCC’s plan to protect frontline policing services as much as possible from the impact of budget cuts.
Suffolk Constabulary is Norfolk’s preferred partner for collaboration. The two police forces have been collaborating for over four years, and that partnership has yielded significant savings for both forces and high praise from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). An extensive programme of collaborative work has already delivered a number of joint units and departments in areas such as major investigations, protective services, custody, transport and IT, with more to come.
Stephen monitors the collaborative activity between Norfolk and Suffolk constabularies very closely, meeting regularly with Suffolk’s PCC Tim Passmore and the Chief Constables from both counties to monitor current projects and agree next steps.
As the purse-strings pull ever tighter, Stephen is committed to radical thinking and leaving no stone unturned in order to protect Norfolk’s frontline. He is actively involved in a collaboration panel for the eastern region, enabling him to keep collaboration opportunities with other police forces under consideration.
- Decisions/agreements relating to collaboration
- Information on combined control room/ shared services partnership