Hertfordshire police to merge computer systems with other counties

PUBLISHED: 15:16 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 February 2016

Police have agreed to merge IT functions

Police have agreed to merge IT functions

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Police in Hertfordshire have agreed to merge their computer and IT systems with two other forces to save money and streamline service to the public.

The chief constables and police and crime commissioners of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire have signed a formal collaboration agreement covering information technology, following earlier deals covering control rooms, firearms and human resources.

Hertfordshire police and crime commissioner David Lloyd said: “I am doing this to ensure that we get even more efficient and effective policing in Hertfordshire.

“Of course collaboration is not new and is already delivering impressive results.

“Bringing together the three forces’ human resources teams and separately the firearms and explosives licensing teams should bring £4.5 million in savings over the next three financial years.”

Chief constable Andy Bliss added: “Our focus will be developing systems that are more operationally versatile and keep our officers out patrolling the streets and in contact with the public; not stuck behind a desk in an office.”

Over the next 14 months, the forces plan further collaboration in court proceedings and custody.

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