Northamptnshire Police could be joining forces with Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire by 2020.
Senior officers have agreed a single policing model for all three forces is potentially viable.
They’ve agreed to carry out further research into building a unified leadership and a single way of working.
Below is the statement to Connect FM:
A three force Strategic Alliance could be viable – operationally, financially and politically.
That was the conclusion of a meeting of the Chief Officers and Police and Crime Commissioners from Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
Following months of work by a project team of officers and staff from all three forces, the Chief Officers and PCCs agreed that the proof of concept work was persuasive.
At a meeting held last week (Thursday 17 December), the overarching view was that there is a real potential for the creation of a single policing model for all three forces.
As a result it was agreed a more detailed business case will now be developed to define what such an Alliance could constitute, with an intention to introduce unified leadership, a single way of working, uniformity in systems, training, policy and procedures, to ensure a consistently high quality standard of service across the three forces.
The first phase will look at early alignment across the contact management departments by June 2017, after a decision was made not to progress any further work by G4S across the three forces in this area.
The three forces and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioners will also be talking in detail with staff, staff associations, partners and with the public.
The three Deputy Chief Constables will help shape the vision for the Strategic Alliance. If the detailed business case proves viable, a full Alliance could be in place by 2020.