HMICFRS - Police to police collaboration

Many police forces across England and Wales collaborate with neighbouring forces to share resources and core functions. These collaborations were brought in to help forces create efficiencies and provide a better service for the public. However, nationally forces are spending over a quarter of a billion pounds on collaborations every year without achieving the desired results.

As part of the annual 2018/19 PEEL assessments, HMICFRS inspected the 43 forces in England and Wales. During the reporting process, the Inspectorate identified themes around force to force collaboration, and drew them together in this report. These findings were supplemented by six specific case studies, covering 27 forces.

The findings highlight some good practice and areas for improvement across four themes, as follows:

  • purpose;
  • benefits and cost analysis;
  • leadership and governance; and
  • skills and capabilities

HMICFRS also made two national recommendations.

The report can be viewed here.