WEST Mercia Police is set to end its alliance with the Warwickshire force.

John Campion, police and crime commissioner for West Mercia, and Chief Constable Anthony Bangham have today (Tuesday, October 9) jointly announced their intention to withdraw from the strategic alliance arrangements the force has with Warwickshire Police.

A spokeman said that the decision has been made to deliver "more effective and efficient services" to communities in Shropshire and Telford, and to ensure better value for money.

A formal process has now started to bring the existing strategic alliance to an end in October 8, 2019.

This will include negotiations with Warwickshire Police to identify where efficiencies may remain and be maximised through a different shared service arrangement.

Mr Campion said “This has been a carefully considered decision with communities in mind, and both the chief constable and I, are in agreement that this approach will enhance and improve the service moving forward, with a greater focus of supportive services towards communities in Shropshire, Telford and across West Mercia.

How exactly this will look will be shaped over the next year, and this will be worked in detail, with our communities and workforce at the forefront of any decisions.”

Chief Constable Bangham said: “This is a positive start for a new chapter for West Mercia Police. It opens up opportunities to deliver more efficient and effective policing services, providing the very best protection to our communities, and a greater clarity and focus in Shropshire, Telford and across West Mercia,

“Whilst officers will respond as they always have, local policing will be enhanced, by improved supporting services. Work is underway to shape this, refocussing where collaborative arrangements are currently in place.

“The planning of this journey will now commence at pace, with immediate effect and we will continue ensure our workforce and key partners remain informed throughout this process.”