Police authorities to merge HR and training in cost cut move

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POLICE Authorities in South Yorkshire and Humberside are to merge their human resources (HR) and training departments to try and save millions of pounds. The new service will serve both counties and is expected to generate savings of up to £2.5m a year.

South Yorkshire and Humberside already share information and communications technology (ICT) services. Ian Watson, joint assistant chief officer, will head up the new service, and said: “The creation of a single HR and training model will assist in the drive for long-term sustainability.

“It will deliver savings while enhancing the services to both Forces – effectively providing more for less. The significant cost savings will help to protect the front line from deeper cuts or allow reinvestment in public facing services.

“It would also reduce duplication, improve ways of working, share expertise and reduce bureaucracy.”

Charles Perryman, chair of South Yorkshire Police Authority, said the collaboration should improve the delivery of services.