Essex and Kent police authorities win value for money award
Essex and Kent police authorities have won a value for money
award for their collaboration work.
The award was presented at this year’s Association of Police
Authorities (APA) conference. The APA represents police authorities
across England and Wales.
Since April 2007, Essex and Kent police forces and authorities have
been working together to join up services and support
The collaboration programme has achieved a number of successes,
including shared marine services and joint patrols along the Thames
Estuary, a joint procurement unit – which has increased the two
forces’ buying power – and a pioneering joint IT directorate, the
first of its kind in England and Wales.
And Essex and Kent are creating one of the largest joint serious
and organised crime units in the UK. The new Serious Crime
Directorate (SCD) consists of six key departments dedicated to
tackling serious and organised criminality across both counties,
including the investigation of murders and serious sexual assaults
and the targeting of organised criminal groups, drug dealers and
More than 1,100 police officers and staff in the SCD are working to
provide an enhanced service to the people of Essex and Kent, with a
greater and more flexible investigative capacity.
The SCD is due to be fully up and running by spring 2012 and will
house police officers and staff at North Kent police station and at
other sites around Essex and Kent.
Essex Police Authority chairman Robert Chambers said the authority
was delighted with the progress being made with collaboration
between Essex and Kent.
“This is just the beginning of an exciting project between two
like-minded police forces and authorities,” he said.
“We are proving by our actions that large savings can be made but,
more importantly, our service to the public is being
“I hope that we will continue with this excellent work to give the
people of Essex and Kent an even better policing