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Staffordshire Police looks to end ties with West Midlands counterparts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 31, 2014

By Matthew Cobb

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STAFFORDSHIRE Police has pulled out of a partnership with a neighbouring force as there have been "little or no benefits" over the past few months.

Outgoing Chief Constable Mike Cunningham says the decision to end the collaboration with West Midlands Police was made some time ago in order to make sure there was no detrimental effect to either service. He said: "This included providing formal notice that we intended to end the collaboration, which was issued yesterday."

Mr Cunningham said that Staffordshire Police will continue to collaborate with its West Midlands colleagues when it comes to the provision of legal services, firearms licensing, collision investigation and motorway policing and is always looking at ways in which is can improve the service with its partners both regionally and nationally. He said that the force was always looking at innovative ways in which it can be developed.

However, Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis says that while the collaboration with West Midlands Police brought "clear benefits" in certain areas such as those highlighted by Mr Cunningham, the decision to end the partnership was the right thing to do if Staffordshire Police was to maintain the standards of its service.

He said: " The review by both forces over the last few months has shown little or no benefits from the partnership set up between the two criminal justice teams."

Mr Ellis also refused to rule out the possibility of a collaboration between officers in Staffordshire and a neighbouring force coming into effect in the future, should there be a significant benefit to the area.

He said: "I want Staffordshire to have the best police service in the country by 2016 and if collaboration with others helps to do that then I will support it."

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  • mattlong  |  July 31 2014, 11:34AM

    This is why periodic calls for force amalgamations have been thwarted over the last three or four decades. There will always be some degree of co-operation and collaboration but people seem intent on retaining the idea of a distinctive county force be it Staffs or Derbyshire, rather than say having a united police force of the East Midlands.

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