Call for Wiltshire Police to work more closely with neighbouring force

Mike Veale Chief Constable May 2015 thumbnail (Wiltshire Police)

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:45am 5th January 2016.

Wiltshire's Chief Constable believes strategic alliance with Avon and Somerset force is "the most exciting and effective option to move forward."

Wiltshire Police should work more closely with Avon and Somerset Constabulary to safeguard the future of policing.

That's the view of Wiltshire's top police officer.

In his first message of 2016 Mike Veale says:

"A new year can often signal a time for change and I continue to be of the firm belief that collaboration, partnership and moving towards potential operational mergers is the best and only way forward. It is essential that we modernise the policing structures to enable us to respond to changes in criminal activity as well as deliver efficiency and protect the roles of frontline officers and staff, which is the bedrock for delivering a high quality service that the public deserve."

Wiltshire Police and Avon and Somerset Constabulary are due to merge some of their back office functions, things like IT, HR and administration. With austerity continuing to bite Wiltshire's Chief Constable has reiterated working more closely in a strategic alliance is "the most exciting and effective option to move forward."


Mr Veale is also looking forward to working more closely with the new Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset, Andy Marsh. The pair worked together as sergeants in Frome in the early 90s.

But Mike Veale says that a strategic alliance may not be enough for the long term future because of the ongoing shortfalls police forces are facing. Mr Veale believes a regional police force is the way forward. He says:

"It is my view, that the introduction, of a more cohesive regional approach in the south- west would be a very realistic option within the next five to ten years.This would see the amalgamation of all police forces in the region working together to provide a new, transformed, efficient service to the public. It is an outdated idea to suggest that the 43 police forces in England and Wales should remain. Although this is something I do not expect to be introduced for several years, it is an option that I definitely support to protect local policing, and combat the emerging threats and changing profile of criminality."

Mr Veale has also says it is an "outdated" idea to suggest that 43 police forces in England and Wales remain.

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