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Barking and Dagenham Police may merge with neighbouring boroughs

PUBLISHED: 09:38 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:44 17 October 2016

Borough Commander Sean Wilson

Borough Commander Sean Wilson

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Barking and Dagenham Police is likely to merge with Redbridge and Havering’s forces, it can be revealed.

Speaking at a meeting in Ilford on Thursday, Redbridge borough commander Ch Supt Mandy Beacher explained her staff are part of provisional plans to tie together the three neighbouring boroughs.

“The discussion that we’ve had with the deputy mayor for policing is that we have got to make some structural changes to the police service,” she said.

“We are in discussions, so there have been no final decisions, but we are discussing a possible borough merger.”

For the plan to go ahead, Barking and Dagenham Police and the other two boroughs would have to volunteer for the merger and it would be reversible if reported crime increased in any of the areas.

It is believed there would be one chief superintendent to cover the three boroughs, with a senior officer in charge of each.

Key assets, such as the gang unit in Barking, would be shared.

Barking and Dagenham borough commander Sean Wilson said he did not want to comment on the matter until a final decision had been made.

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