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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Police Merger Plans 'Axed'

Police Merger Plans 'To Be Axed' according to this report controversial plans to cut the number of police forces in England and Wales are to be scrapped.

There's also numerous other reports on the scapping of Police Merger Plans.

Shadow home secretary David Davis said: "It is clear that the government has woken up to the folly of its own proposals to regionalise our police forces. The government's approach of putting it back to consultation can only have one sensible outcome, namely that we junk the 'one size fits all' approach to our police forces and pursue an intelligent, co-operative, resource-sharing approach to mending the gaps in protective services."

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Nick Clegg said: "Surely this is the nail in the coffin for the government's ill-judged and rushed plan to introduce regional police mergers?Government ministers should listen afresh to alternative ideas which meet the same objective of allowing our police forces to pool resources and tackle serious crime."

The only possible 'spanner in the works' is reported on the BBC - Police force merger u-turn denied.

According to the following report, Charles Clarke has attacked the Police Merger U-turn. (I don't know why, but that photo always makes me chuckle!)

Mr Clarke whilst Home Secretary, was the architect of plans to slash the number of forces in England and Wales from 43 to as few as 17 by 2008.

He launched a scathing attack on his successor in a series of interviews at the end of last month, and spoke out publicly against Tony Blair, accusing the Prime Minister of losing his "purpose and direction".

No sour grapes there then eh?

Some have even stronger opinions - IDiot Alert.

So it finally looks like the Government has decided to listen to popular opinion and act on it. I still don't know whether they're trying to shake off their Soft On Crime mantle or not!

I wonder what No Police Force Mergers! has to say about all this?

See also Police Reform - Police Mergers and Radical Law And Order Reform for more.

Also check the article titled Demise Of The British Bobby and Offical Home Office press release titled Home Secretary Delays Police Force Mergers.


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