Police forces to share IT

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HAMPSHIRE Police has merged its IT department with Thames Valley Police in a bid to cut costs.

The two forces have created a single information, communication and technology department, which will be managed by Thames Valley Police.

Staff will remain working at the same location, although their employer will be the Thames Valley force.

The deal aims to make ‘cost reductions that would not be achievable individually’.

Hampshire police is to cut 160 jobs over the next year as it aims to save £20m, while Thames Valley is axing 270 jobs.