Plan to merge Beds and Herts police

Herts and Beds Police could be merged in a plan proposed by top brass to save money.

The chief constables of both forces have put forward the plan in an effort to save money after the Government announced swingeing cuts to their budgets.

Chair of Hertfordshire Police Authority, Stuart Nagler, said: “We are now facing enormous financial challenges and need to take steps to minimise the impact on policing in the county. The latest announcements could lead to a shortfall of up to �26m over the next four years.

“Hertfordshire has been leading the way in collaboration and that has meant we are better placed than most to deal with these challenges. However, we must now consider all options, including a full merger with Bedfordshire Police. However, no decisions about a merger will be taken without extensive public support.”

Both police authorities will discuss the plans next Friday at separate public meetings.

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If the authorities decide to move forward with the option to merge, it would undertake extensive public and stakeholder consultation. If supported by the public it would then need the approval of the Home Secretary before any final agreement is made.

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