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Police forces to begin combining services

Police forces to begin combining services

Published at 7:58am 17th March 2015. (Updated at 2:25pm 17th March 2015)

Some specialist areas of policing in North Yorkshire are going to be combined with neighbouring forces in Durham and Cleveland.

From today, they'll start looking at ways of working together across county boundaries on things like major crimes, response to civil emergencies and identifying victims of disasters.

The programme - called 'Evolve' - will improve operational resilience, improve services for communities and achieve financial savings, according to the forces involved.

The move has been prompted by a continued squeeze on police budgets, with the plans expected to save £2 million in North Yorkshire within the first year.

All three forces insist that local policing won’t be included in the programme.

Dave Jones, North Yorkshire's Chief Constable, said: "Good neighbourhood policing sits at the heart of our service in North Yorkshire, and we will continue to keep that focus.

"But there are other areas of policing where it makes sense to think beyond county boundaries, and these are the areas that we will be looking at through the Evolve Programme.

"It is early days, and there is a lot of work to do, but I believe this collaboration with Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary gives us the right vehicle to meet operational policing challenges in a new way."