Merger possible for Warwickshire and West Mercia police and fire control rooms

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Government funds may be used to help Warwickshire and West Mercia police forces and the fire services of both regions share resources for their control rooms.

The two police forces - which are already in a ‘strategic alliance’ - have received £811,000 from the Government, while a further £1.6 million will later be made available.

While some of these funds - which are aimed at helping police forces save money - will be spent on Warwickshire and West Mercia upgrading computer systems to help them work together another chunk will go towards an exercise to gauge how combining their control rooms would work.

A spokeswoman for West Mercia police said: “No plans have been made as yet.

“We are not at any stage yet to say if we will have one control room between us.

“We are in talks with the fire services to discuss the way forward. We won’t actually receive the money until the next financial year.”

West Mercia’s fire services are split into the three separate services of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. But a spokesman for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said that because the service had installed a new control room in Leamington in a partnership with Northamptonshire fire service, there were no plans in place to make any further changes.