Redbridge police will test sharing staff, buildings and vehicles with two other boroughs

PUBLISHED: 12:34 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:19 18 November 2016

Police will start the trial in the New Year. Picture Met Police

Police will start the trial in the New Year. Picture Met Police

met police

Redbridge police will unite with two other boroughs to test the practicality of a joint “Basic Command Unit” (BCU).

The borough will share staff, buildings, technology and vehicles with Havering and Barking and Dagenham, in a trial commencing in January 2017.

The Met has considered moving from the traditional 32 borough model to a smaller number of larger units for some time and has been speaking to partners, including local councils and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), about how this might be taken forward.

By testing the model in the New Year, the Met and those partners can assess how it works and see if the predicted benefits work in reality.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons, who is responsible for the BCU test, said: “Change is important for the Met to remain operationally effective in the changing policing landscape.

“We want to invest more into neighbourhood policing and protect vulnerable people across London as well as make sure we are able to deal with predicted increases in demand.

“We also want to implement a way of investigating crime that is more focused on what victims need and can be even more effective in tackling serious offending.

“To achieve these goals – and to improve the service we give to Londoners – we are testing this approach to ensure that it meets our commitments to communities and provides best value for the boroughs of London.”

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