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Suffolk/Norfolk: Talks today over the possibility to merge police control rooms

10:14 27 February 2014

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Members of the public will today have the opportunity to voice their opinion over proposals to move the Suffolk police control room to Norfolk.

A meeting of the Norfolk and Suffolk Collaboration Panel is to begin at Suffolk Constabulary’s Martlesham headquarters this morning.

Although the public or staff affected will have a 30-minute slot if they wish to say anything, questions will not be taken due to time constraints.

The second part of the meeting will be held in private. This will include Suffolk’s chief constable Douglas Paxton and Norfolk’s temporary chief constable Simon Bailey presenting the business case for their joint proposals for consideration.

These will be made to the counties’ Police and Crime Commissioners, Tim Passmore for Suffolk and Stephen Bett in Norfolk.

The possible move of the Suffolk’s command and control centre to Wymondham or elsewhere in Norfolk would affect the jobs of 134 civilian staff based at Martlesham.

The terms of reference looking at the options for the future of the current two control rooms were set down as long ago as January last year.

The future options were narrowed down to four in September to assess their cost benefit.

The following month a report was produced recommending the implementation of steps towards a single command and control room.

The estimated cost saving by October next year is nearly £1.9million.

Although no decisions have been made it appears a Norfolk base is a strongly recommended option, as Suffolk has no back-up facility for emergencies making it cost-prohibitive.

5 comments

  • It make sense to combine them. I think ultimately we should have a single combined control room for all three emergency services to cover all of the east of England The claim that local knowledge will be lost just does not hold up. The existing control rooms cover a huge area. London has one control room to cover all of London and even taxi drivers do not have detailed knowledge of all of London Modern technology and mapping and imaging means full information is available to the control rooms and the police themselves will still be dispatched from local stations

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    BobE

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • All we ever hear is about savings. Saving what exactly. How many people have now worked on this proposal since January last year? How many man hours has been ploughed into this. How many miles travelling between Norfolk & Suffolk have been clocked up? As with everything the Police do they spend absolutely millions to just save a few pence. The Police Service is run by overpaid dinosaurs instead of business minded people. If this was an outside business having to generate their own money they would have gone bust years ago. Stop employing people driving around having meetings, employe Police men & women.

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    Concerned of Suffolk

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • with so many people saying how good norwich is every day in there comments it makes good old ipswich look like crap. lets have some praise for ipswich every day. hadleighite.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • The documents on the PCC website detailing the forecast cost savings seem to reveal something very odd about the logic of thought involved... the average non-rocket scientist would assume that reducing two control rooms to one would offer a saving of around 50% - however, we are basically being told that closing the Suffolk control room (bear in mind that littleno staff will be able to move to the new control room for various reasons) will result in the grand total of a 20% saving! What, dear reader, does that tell you? Can you guess which control room is being run the least efficiently?

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    Judge Judy

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Tell me am i missing something here. East of England Ambulance service moved to Norfolk now one of the worst performing in the country. Why would you then move the police service to Norfolk surely they should leaving it in Suffolk and moving the Ambulance service back here.

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    royg

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

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