'Herts Police could dissolve in five years' claims federation chief

PUBLISHED: 10:13 28 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:13 28 March 2014

Vojislav Mihailovic Herts Police Federation general secretary

Vojislav Mihailovic Herts Police Federation general secretary

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Herts Police could dissolve "in five years" and be absorbed into a new regional force, rank and file officers have speculated.

Police Headquaters, on Stanborough Road, WGCPolice Headquaters, on Stanborough Road, WGC

The claim comes from Herts Police Federation general secretary Vojislav Mihailovic, after it emerged one shared control room could soon be used across Herts, Beds and Cambs.

He said: “In five years, by 2018, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire will have merged.

“Which, in effect, means it will be half of a new force. Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex will be the other half.”

Mr Mihailovic believed this was the ultimate goal of the collaboration project between the forces.

Last week a Herts Constabulary spokesman confirmed it was looking at “further collaboration”, but said any plans to merge the forces were “speculation”.

The control room is run out of the force’s WGC headquarters in Stanborough Road.

A Herts police spokesman said: “Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire police forces are in the very early stages of looking at the collaboration of their force control rooms.

“No decisions have been made with regards to details such as the location.”

Some reports have speculated the decision could save millions and operations may be moved to Cambridgeshire.

Mr Mihailovic said he would not have a problem with the move, if it did not infringe on officers’ ability to fight crime.

He said: “Whatever we do, it should not burden the people of Hertfordshire and we have to make sure it operates with the best effect for the officers as well as the public.”

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