Improve Your Writing with Policing Partnerships

Posted: June 7, 2019 in Crime Fiction Ideas, Uncategorized, Writing
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Ever since the late nineties, when police budgets began shrinking, police forces in the UK have sought ways of collaborating with each other.  Examples of what form this has taken, can be found in the East Midlands where Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire Police are working together in many different areas vital to policing, ranging from major crime investigation through to IT infrastructure.

Courtesy of BPTSouth Yorkshire and Humberside Police decided to share one Human Resources department whilst Humberside, South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire Police collaborate on a range of policing issues, including Roads Crime, Intelligence, Organised Crime, Special Operations and Witness Protection.

Most recently, British Transport Police (BTP) have invited the Royal Military Police (RMP) to allow their soldiers to join BTP operational patrols and CID at Liverpool Street and Waterloo train stations, in London.

BTP Superintendent Matt Allingham said: “This is a great, practical way to bring two specialist police organisations together to share expertise and enhance what we do.

“By giving Royal Military Police personnel the opportunity to shadow our teams at two of London’s busiest stations they’ll be able to gain first-hand experience of wider policing. There are clear benefits brought by the increasing uniformed visibility at our key transport hubs in relation to crime prevention. The uniqueness of having joint military and police personnel on patrol also provides a conversation starter with the travelling public and assists with engagement in line with NPT principles. Our initial pilot based at Waterloo was a big success and we’re pleased to be able to expand the scheme so more officers can get involved and hope to roll the scheme out even further in future.” – Source http://media.btp.police.uk/r/16261/new_partnership_strengthens_links_with_royal_mili

Have you ever thought to include collaborating police forces in your stories?  If not, give it a go.  It will give you more freedom to roam geographically at least (beyond force boundaries).

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Comments
  1. Pat Squire says:

    Thank you for this information – look forward to release of Police custody and cell procedures, I’m sure it will be very useful.

    On another note, just to let you know I’ve had another book out – *The Chameleon Husband* – which I’m excited about.

    Best wishes Pat Squire

    On Fri, 7 Jun 2019 at 14:43, crime writing solutions wrote:

    > crimewritingsolutions posted: “Ever since the late nineties, when police > budgets began shrinking, police forces in the UK have sought ways of > collaborating with each other. Examples of what form this has taken, can > be found in the East Midlands where Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nort” >

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  2. rolandclarke says:

    I wrote a novella featuring my North Wales Police DC working with the North West Police Underwater Search & Marine Unit – a collaboration between six police forces (Merseyside Police, Greater Manchester Police, Cheshire Constabulary, Cumbria Constabulary, Lancashire Constabulary and North Wales Police). I discovered them while doing research on marine police units. Link that sent me digging: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_West_Police_Underwater_Search_and_Marine_Unit

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  3. Very interesting article, set me thinking about the possible downsides to these arrangements. Always good to have some thing to help stir the mix.

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    • It would be untrue to claim that all such collaborations go smoothly. There can be guarded secrets/methods, jealousy, competition to see who is the best/worst (at the risk of sabotage) as well as general incompatibility.

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