Warwickshire Police has been part of strategic alliance with West Mercia Police since 2012, with many services delivered jointly across each policing area.
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.
In October 2018, the Chief Constable and PCC of West Mercia announced that they were terminating the alliance agreement with effect from October 2019. The Home Secretary subsequently directed that the alliance should continue for a further six months to provide additional time for the forces to transition their service provision to their future states. This means the alliance will now end on April 8, 2020.
Since the announcement was made by West Mercia, detailed planning has been undertaken to determine Warwickshire’s future beyond the alliance. While the decision to end the alliance was not one that Warwickshire agreed with, the termination brings the opportunity to rebuild Warwickshire Police from the bottom upwards and build new partnerships with other forces and organisations.
A number of the formerly joint services were re-established on a stand-alone basis in October 2019, with further services to follow by April 2020. The focus of the Warwickshire PCC and Warwickshire Police in the meantime remains on securing an orderly transition to the future arrangements.
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 under the alliance agreement.
- Read the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police and Police Authority Collaboration Agreement
- Read the Police Force / PCC Strategic Alliance Collaboration Agreement
- Read the Police Foundation independent review report on the alliance
- Read the Warwickshire Police Strategic Assessment
Alliance Transition Governance Group
Since the termination of the alliance was announced, a new strategic meeting has been established to discuss governance issues as the two forces transition to their post-alliance states. The Alliance Transition Governance Group (ATGG) consists of the PCC, his counterpart in West Mercia, their respective Chief Executives and Chief Officers within the two police forces.
Below you can find the published minutes of these meetings. Minutes are published once ratified at the subsequent meeting:
- 7 January 2020 – awaiting ratification
- 11 Febraury 2020 – awaiting ratification
- 16 March 2020 – scheduled.
Alliance Governance Group
Previously, the Alliance Governance Group met on a monthly basis to discuss issues and make decisions related to how the alliance of the two police forces worked.
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
June 2019 – To follow once ratified at subsequent meeting
July 2019 – No meeting held
August 2019 – No meeting held
September 2019 – No meeting held
October 2019 – No meeting held
November 2019 – No meeting held
December 2019 – No meeting held