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Suffolk: Police control room merger - seven chances to have your say in person

13:24 18 March 2014

The Norfolk police control room at Wymondham

The Norfolk police control room at Wymondham

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Seven public meetings have been set up throughout Suffolk for residents to give their views on the county’s police control room potentially being moved to Norfolk.

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The proposed merger, put forward by Suffolk Chief Constable Douglas Paxton and his Norfolk counterpart Simon Bailey, has led to fierce criticism from the staff at risk and fears over public safety.

Concerns have been raised about the number of duplicate village and road names in both counties.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore has said it is important the public are consulted before any decision is made.

Mr Passmore also added he wants to hear opinions on plans to develop the concept of a combined Shared Services Partnership.

This aims to bring together a number of support functions such as human resources, finance, information techology, procurement, estates and transport at one location in Suffolk.

A number of possible sites have been explored. The benefits associated with those locations vary. For example, if the service was located at Martlesham the net benefit would be £6.5million over five years compared to a £780K loss over the same period if a new-build in the west of the county is chosen.

The proposals are part of cost-cutting measures aimed at bridging a combined funding gap of £36.7m by March 2018. Suffolk Constabulary must find savings of £16.4m, while Norfolk’s shortfall is £20.3m.

The public meetings are to be held at;

East Bergholt High School on April 9

Samuel Ward Academy, Chalkstone Way, Haverhill, on May 7

Brandon Leisure Centre, Church Road, Brandon, on June 19.

Market Hall, High Street, Saxmundham, on July 21

The Limes Hotel, High Street, Needham Market, on September 3

East Point Academy, Kirkley Run, Lowestoft, on September 22

St John’s Church, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, on October 13

All the meetings will start at 6.30pm. There is no need to book.

To take part in the EADT’s online survey about whether the Suffolk control room should be merged with Norfolk click here

For more on our Keep Suffolk’s Policing Local campaign, click here

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5 comments

  • BobE, are you the Norfolk PCC in disguise? Or perhaps a relative of his?

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    Grace05

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • It makes common sense to have a single control room. It has no disadvantages and cuts costs and allow police numbers not to be cut Although the Control room goes to Norfolk the HR, Finance & IT jobs currently in Norfolk will be coming to Suffolk

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    BobE

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • It makes common sense to have a single control room. It has no disadvantages and cuts costs and allow police numbers not to be cut Although the Control room goes to Norfolk the HR, Finance & IT jobs currently in Norfolk will be coming to Suffolk

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    BobE

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • My immediate concern is that out of 7 consultation meetings Ipswich gets 1. The largest Town by a considerable size, split in to multiple policing areas gets the same meeting as Needham Market ? That the meeting is being held at an out of the way Church Hall in East Ipswich with limited parking in the area as it is on a main road. This shouldbe at least at the Town hall in the largest venue possible, if not then each area of Ipswich should get its own meeting. This shows the contempt Mr Passmore and the Torry controlled Suffolk CC has for Ipswich. Here a solution Mr Passmore as Ipswich has lost all the jobs as Ambulance, Fire and Hospital units have been shifted to Norfolk or Cambridgeshire the whole of the jobs come to Ipswich including any joint Police units such as the serious investigation bunch. Then lets see how Norfolk reacts.

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    The Ginge

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • In Scotland policing has been considerable improved by having a single police force for Scotland. It has also dramatically reduced costs enabling more police to be put on the beat. It is on target to save £1.2 Billion over two years and that for a police force serving just 6 Million. This indicates up to a £100 Billion could be saved in England. A serious amount of money http:www.bbc.co.uknewsuk-scotland-26690304

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    BobE

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

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