- Published: Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:00
- Written by Jonathan Walker
West Midlands Police is arguing that the need to make savings is one of the reasons it is pursuing a "Business Partnership Programme" to bring in private sector partners (see this blog by PC Richard Stanley for another perspective on the debate).
The force states on its website: "The force is facing a funding gap of more than £126m over the current spending review (CSR) period and recognises there will considerable challenges ahead. As a result the force is exploring every possible option in order to deliver the most cost efficient and effective service it can."
The issue also came up in a live chat the force has been holding today to explain the process, described by critics as "privatisation", to the public.