Bedfordshire Police 999 Contact Centre Set to Close
It has been reported that the Emergency 999 contact centre in Bedfordshire will close in 2017 as part of plans announced to merge the current control centres in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Under the new plans all 101 and 999 calls will be diverted to Hinchingbrooke in Cambridgeshire and Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire by March 2017.
Proposals to combine police public contact services were finalised at a meeting of police and crime commissioners and chief constables at a meeting last Thursday.
Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins said:
“Our financial circumstances mean that we have to take some really tough decisions about how to make savings, protect our frontline and invest in service transformation through new technology, all at the same time.
“I am convinced our three police forces working together is the answer to this conundrum when it comes to the best future for our control rooms, and looking at what we have achieved combining functions such as forensics, major crimes, roads policing, and armed response gives me considerable confidence in this conclusion.”
It is anticipated that the merger and close of the Bedfordshire contact centre will save £4 million.
For additional information visit the Bedfordshire Police Website