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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Police Mergers - Plans Continue

Police merger plans are in the news again today.

The Guardian leads with Clarke clears way for creation of regional police superforces in an article which mentions that, Charles Clarke, cleared the way for the creation of two new regional "superforces" in England and a single police force to cover the whole of Wales.

Outlining his plans to merge 15 existing police forces, the home secretary told chief constables and police authority chairmen that a full-scale merger was now the "only acceptable option" in Wales and the north-east and the west Midlands in England.

The three new forces will be:
· West Midlands: merging Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands forces.
· North-east: Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria.
· Wales: Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, North Wales and South Wales to merge.

An article in The Times titled Police merger date talks of how police sources have said that Mr Clarke had given the 15 forces until February 24 to agree. After that he would start forcing the mergers through, laying orders before Parliament in the summer.

The Telegraph also have an article titled Clarke forces pace on police mergers in which it states that The Government made clear that it would press ahead with police mergers in four regions despite continued resistance and disagreement among forces and their authorities.

Nick Herbert, the shadow police reform minister, said: "Just the other week Tony Blair said this was not a question of forcing mergers through, yet that is exactly what the Home Secretary plans to do, without proper consultation and to an unnecessarily tight timetable."

Click to read Tony Blair's pledge on police reform.

Click to read The Home Office report police reform force restructuring.

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