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Barking and Dagenham police to merge with other London boroughs

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 January 2017 | UPDATED: 08:50 17 January 2017

Barking and Dagenham entered a new era of local policing with the creation of a new pilot by the merger of policing across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge police.

Barking and Dagenham entered a new era of local policing with the creation of a new pilot by the merger of policing across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge police.

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Officers and councillors welcomed a new pilot for policing after the first phase launched on Monday.

The six-month path-finder will test a merger between Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge police forces.

Supt Sean Wilson, borough commander, said he was “very excited” about the trial, which becomes fully operational at the end of March.

“This is definitely a way forward in terms of how we work with borough policing,” he said.

The merger means a Basic Command Unit (BCU) will replace each of the borough’s administration functions.

Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, Cllr Darren Rodwell said: “We have listened to residents’ concerns, resulting in this unit providing more bobbies on the beat.

“I hope this means more investment into neighbourhood policing and protecting vulnerable residents while being able to deal with increased demands.”


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