Hampshire police to share services to save cash

PLEASED Hampshire Police chief constable Alex Marshall. Picture: Paul Jacobs (102836-13)
PLEASED Hampshire Police chief constable Alex Marshall. Picture: Paul Jacobs (102836-13)

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HAMPSHIRE’S top policeman has welcomed a decision enabling the force to push forward with cost-cutting plans to share more services.

Hampshire Police Authority, which holds the purse strings for policing in our area, today unanimously supported plans for the force to share five services with Hampshire county Council and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The force will now push forward with the proposal for joint working in human resources, finance and payroll, procurement, health and wellbeing and ICT which is predicted to save Hampshire Constabulary up to £1.8m a year.

It could save all three organisations a total of £4m a year.

The project will not be signed off until after the election of a police and crime commissioner to replace the police authority in November.

Mr Marshall said: ‘This is a very good option for Hampshire Constabulary. I’m very pleased that it aims to create jobs and career opportunities within Hampshire for local people.

‘It saves us money, it makes us more resilient, it contributes to protecting the local, visible elements of policing that the police authority have asked us to protect.’

Mr Marshall added: ‘We have already cut into our back office operation in some cases by up to 50 per cent cuts, we therefore need to continue to find new ways of working.’

Chief Superintendent Ann Wakefield said: ‘There is no room to cut this any further on our own within the organisation if we are going to retain a function that’s sustainable in its own right.’

John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said: ‘the financial climate is a gloomy one and the reality is if we don’t enter into effective joint working the only other options are to stop policing or outsource some business to profit hungry, private organisations.

‘This is the best option for Hampshire Constabulary.’