Commissioner signs three-force collaboration agreement
An historic three-way collaboration agreement between three police forces, which will help to protect local policing in Hertfordshire, has been signed by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd.  
The new plan was formally agreed by Commissioner Lloyd and Hertfordshire Chief Constable Andy Bliss at Welwyn Garden City today (Monday 9th December) with their opposite numbers from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
The tri-force agreement will see more services shared between the three forces in the future which will free-up valuable funding that will help the Commissioner to protect the future of frontline neighbourhood policing in Hertfordshire.
Welcoming the new agreement, Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Today’s agreement will play a big part in meeting the financial challenges we all face.
“As I outlined in my Open Letter, published last week, we need to find ways of making some of our centralised operations more efficient so that we can keep putting resources into frontline neighbourhood policing in each of the county’s ten boroughs and districts.
“Working more closely with Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire on ‘back-office’ and other shared functions is one of the ways we can do this and I am delighted to be able to announce progress in this area.”
Chief Constable Andy Bliss added: “This agreement will help us in our endeavours to make Hertfordshire an even safer county.
“We have a track record of successful collaboration with Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire and this will help us protect front line policing in the future as much as possible.”
The agreement between Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire will protect frontline policing in each area and help safeguard police officer numbers as well as achieving better value for money services for the public.
Like every police force, there are significant financial and operational challenges ahead.
Realisation of the benefits from this new three-force collaboration programme will help address these challenges, maximise the return to the taxpayer and protect the delivery of frontline policing, particularly the local neighbourhood teams.

Signing up to a Memorandum of Understanding, the three organisations will now pursue opportunities to collaborate fully on operational support and organisational support functions which include finance, fleet, estates and facilities, legal services, human resources, training, ICT, firearms licensing, custody and crime recording. 
The agreement enables the three forces to develop business cases for sharing services but also recognises that not all services are suitable for this type of partnership working. 
Local policing, including incident response and neighbourhood policing, will continue to be delivered by the individual forces, thereby enabling the specific priorities of each Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plans to be met.