Commissioner gives agreement to progress with Strategic Alliance
An historic three-way collaboration programme between three police forces, which will help to protect local policing in Hertfordshire, has moved decisively forward following Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd’s decision to agree commencement of the work associated with the programme.

A document outlining the approach to the changes has been agreed by the Chief Constables and the required decisions presented to Commissioner Lloyd at Welwyn Garden City today (Tuesday 13th May) together with his opposite numbers from Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  

The agreement enables the three forces to develop business cases 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, public contact centres, control rooms, custody and crime recording.

Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “This is an important step and represents the next major phase of an historic collaboration between the three forces. Crucially, this agreement will pave the way for Hertfordshire Constabulary to work more efficiently to meet our tough spending targets while at the same time protecting local policing in the county.

“I am therefore delighted that the Strategic Alliance has been able to come together and agree for work on business cases to begin.  

“The three forces have an established track record of successful collaboration and I am confident that this success can be built on with this agreement.”

Chief Constable Andy Bliss added: “Like every police force, Hertfordshire faces significant operational and financial challenges in the coming years and this puts us in an even better position to address them.

“We have already proved that collaboration between the three forces can be successfully achieved. This programme will help us to protect frontline policing and puts the emphasis on local officers, crime fighting and keeping people safe in local communities. It also ensures we achieve better value for money services for the public.”

Realisation of the benefits from the three force collaboration programme will help address the operational and crime fighting challenges Hertfordshire face, making the best possible use of public money and protect the delivery of frontline policing, particularly the local neighbourhood teams.

Local policing, including incident response and neighbourhood policing, will continue to be delivered by the individual forces, thereby enabling the specific local priorities of each Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plans to be met.