Control room merger for Warwickshire and West Mercier police and fire services ‘an option’

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police forces may combine control rooms.

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police forces may combine control rooms.

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Government funds may be used to help Warwickshire and West Mercia Police forces and the fire services of both regions share resources for their control rooms.

The two police forces - which are already in a ‘strategic alliance’ and share many resources - have together received £811,000 from the Government’s Precursor Police Innovation Fund, while a further £1.6 million from the Government will be made available to the forces in due course.

While some of these funds - which are aimed at helping police forces make financial savings - will be spent on Warwickshire and West Mercia upgrading to the same computer system as one another, another chunk of the money will go towards a scoping exercise to gauge how combining their control rooms would work.

 

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