Merger rumours between West Midlands and Warwickshire police forces denied

Merger rumours between West Midlands and Warwickshire police forces denied

West Midlands Police has denied claims it is set to enter into a partnership with Warwickshire Police.

The force has said that claims of a closer relationship with Warwickshire Police following the collapse of the West Mercia/Warwickshire partnership are ‘little more than rumours’.

The denial comes after a source told the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) that there could be a ‘future potential collaboration’ between the two forces.

According to the LDRS’s source, rumours are beginning to circulate within West Midlands Police over potentially forming closer ties with Warwickshire, with some even suggesting that a merger between the two forces could be set to take place.



Lloyd House, West Midlands Police headquarters in Birmingham.

Reports of the potential partnership come after West Mercia Police announced it is to ‘withdraw from the current strategic alliance’ it has with Warwickshire Police.

The pair merged services five years ago and, according to Warwickshire, have saved £35 million in that time.

Services including firearms and police dog officers as well as IT, HR and communications were brought under one jurisdiction, with the two forces operating out of the same control room.

The main reason for the split between the two, West Mercia have said, was to provide the public with better value for money.

Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Martin Jelley, however, has said that he does not support the move.

“I am surprised and disappointed at having been served notice by the West Mercia PCC and Chief Constable terminating our strategic alliance arrangements,” he said.

“This is clearly a decision which has been taken solely by West Mercia’s PCC and Chief Constable and one which myself and the Warwickshire PCC do not support.”

West Midlands Police said that the reports are little more than ‘rumours’, while the office of the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner has also been contacted for comment.

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