Not saying it but doing it any way (finally)!

I wouldnt mind bein pulled by this

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I’ve long been an advocate of amalgamation and/or regionalisation in the British police service. Finally, it appears several Chiefs are actually moving in that direction however, they’re not doing it honestly or coughing fully to the actions they’re taking.

Within the last week, Humberside Police and South Yorkshire Police announced they would be sharing the services of one HR director (read more).

The Policing Yorkshire and the Humber initiative may well be a good example of the moves afoot in British policing provision however, are the measures which have been taken so far, really enough? It is becoming evident that ACPO may have finally realised what actually has to be done, all be it because their hand has been forced by government austerity measures. The HR move is sensible, for financial reasons if nothing else however there is still much rationalisation that can be done. The question remains, are police forces actually moving far and fast enough down the collaboration route?

The answer to the question has to be unequivocably NO. Police Authorities and ACPO are still hiding behind the old limp excuses about the probable lack of ‘local control’ and lack of ‘public support’, neither of which hold any water. These people and organisations are simply protecting their own position, and all at considerable public expense. The present tenure of ACPO and the Police Authorities is no longer tenable, especially in the current financial climate, it’s time they came clean and moved faster!

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About Dave Hasney

National Coordinator for UK SMART Recovery - Previously a Recovery Worker and prior to that a Management Consultant and H&S Practitioner - Kept sane by Angling, Good Food, Real Ale & Wine - Cynical thoughts sometimes developed from others.

Posted on 27-11-2010, in Police, Public Service Babble and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. The Ashes pitch was of the kind I’d roll up and carry about with me to bat on. It would, of course, roll itself up and disappear on my overnight declaration. We did have one like this at my old club, ‘going tidal’ at tea time, our opponents unaware in their hubris over our low score, of what was to come once the roller wore off!

    Our cops are batting on a crumbling 5th day pitch.

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  2. The Dutch have already managed to be National, Regional, Local and to get into what we might call project team management.
    Strauss has been dropped by Johnson – I may dare to watch soon!

    What I find amazing is that we have almost no clue about any sensible rationalisation of work in this country.

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    • Yes, and Holland is one of the Countries I love, in general the Dutch appear to have a far more rounded and sensible outlook on life than most.

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