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3 February 2011 |
forces in Wales have agreed to form a joint buying unit to save costs.
departments at Gwent, South Wales and Dyfed-Powys police forces will be merged into one unit to maximise buying power, Police Authorities Wales (PAW) has announced.
The forces will
draw up a joint procurement strategy for the new unit, which will identify
potential savings through new contracts.
just one of seven new areas of collaboration identified for Wales’ four police
forces. The others involve combining scientific support, specialist crime,
criminal justice, joint firearms training, aligning ICT systems and
standardising operational practices.
effort has been driven by Welsh police forces’ need to make savings following
major budget cuts announced in the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review.
significant savings can be made by the forces, 1,600 jobs could be lost across
Wales’ four forces over the
next four years, PAW said.
PAW chair, Delyth
Humfryes said: “There is continued commitment to the importance of protecting
frontline services, however, it is well documented that it will be increasingly
difficult to maintain staffing levels without delivering services more
efficiently, particularly though new collaborative partnerships at all levels
“It has been
accepted that Welsh forces cannot operate in isolation, and subsequently, the
four police forces and authorities in Wales have sought new ways to work
Wales’ four police authorities (Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, North Wales and South Wales).
Each of the seven
collaborative projects will involve two, three or all four forces.
chief constable of South Wales Police and chair of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Wales, said: “The police service is facing significant financial
challenges, and if we are to continue to deliver a quality service for the
people we serve, we must seek new ways to collaborate in order to drive
unnecessary costs and processes from our business.”