Joint policing talks break down

PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 December 2018

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh

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Resources including firearms, dogs and road policing units will no longer be shared by West Country police forces.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary had been working with Wiltshire Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary since 2013.

Independent reviews called for the forces to make changes to the deal, with shortcomings in policy, briefing systems and technology – but negotiations broke down.

Andy Marsh, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Working together with neighbouring forces and other partners is absolute commonsense. It shares our expertise, training and costs however it has got to work in the interests of all parties, for our staff and residents.”

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