Police agree share to help cut costs

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE police bosses have formally agreed to share back-room services with Cheshire Constabulary.

Senior chiefs last week agreed to share a number of “non-frontline” services including human resources, finance and procurement departments.

The new merged departments are to be run from a single location, alongside Capgemini, one of Europe’s largest IT services company.

However, police and the county’s police authority said they were not yet sure how much money the decision would save taxpayers in Northamptonshire or how many jobs would go because of the merger. The force needs to save around £20 million by 2015.