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Force Restructuring - Gloucestershire
In another development, the Gloucestershire Constabulary has learnt that it, together with the other four forces in the south west will be subject to a further review about restructuring. Home Office auditors and consultants will visit to test the strength of the case for standing alone in a shared service arrangement with Dorset and Wiltshire.
The Constabulary has already been told that any proposed changes to policing structures in the south west will not be announced until after the May local elections.
Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Dr Tim Brain said in response to the latest developments; "We have clearly posed the restructuring team at the Home Office some considerable problems. We know that we have a good track record here in Gloucestershire and we know we have put together a very sound and well argued business and operational case. We welcome that the Home Office is going to research the situation in the south west thoroughly but this is a unique development, no other force or region has been subject to an additional review.
I very much hope this represents a recognition on behalf of the Home Office of complexities and costs arising from restructuring in the South West and that the team are approaching this with an open mind and willingness to listen to provide the best solution for the community of Gloucestershire. We shall cooperate in every way with the Home Office team as we have complete confidence in the strength of our case."
The date of this review is still to be confirmed, it expected to take place during April, prior to the announcement in May. The terms of reference and constitutional authority of this review are also yet to be confirmed.
: 28/03/2006 19:13:08
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