Warwickshire Police works in an alliance with West Mercia Police, with services delivered jointly across each policing area. While each force retains its own Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable, all posts below this are shared. The alliance is not a merger, however. Each force retains its own identity and separate financial accounts are also maintained.
The agreement to form the alliance was made in June 2011 by the two force Chief Constables and their respective Police Authorities. The decision to work in an alliance has been supported by successive Police and Crime Commissioners in Warwickshire and West Mercia. The governance structure for both forces remains with individual PCCs.
One of the prime catalysts for the alliance was the necessity for the two forces to reduce their costs by £35 million as part of the government’s comprehensive spending review. However, it was also recognised that the benefits for both forces were far broader than financial, including delivery of greater operational and organisational resilience protecting frontline policing resources and ensuring our processes were lean and more effective to deliver the best possible services.
There are a number of documents available on this site for the public to read which set out the agreement between Warwickshire and West Mercia police forces and how the two work together as an Alliance.
- Read the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police and Police Authority Collaboration Agreement
- Read the Strategic Alliance Collaboration Agreement
- Read the Police Foundation independent review report on the alliance
- Read the Alliance Strategic Assessment for 2018/19
- Read the Alliance Control Strategy 2018/19
Alliance Governance Group
The Alliance Governance Group consists of the PCC, his counterpart in West Mercia, their respective Chief Executives and Chief Officers within the two police forces. They meet on a monthly basis to discuss issues and make decisions related to how the alliance of the two police forces works.
Below you can find the published minutes of those meetings, commencing May 2016.
September 2017 – No Meeting held
May 2018 – No meeting held
July 2018 – No meeting held
October 2018 – No meeting held
Alliance Governance Group Minutes – 16 January 2019 – awaiting ratification