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Police forces must merge to fight terrorism and organised crime, says RUSI report

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Richard Edwards
London Telegraph
May 5, 2010

The police service is no longer “fit for purpose” and forces should merge to fight the threat of terrorism and organised crime, an influential think-tank has claimed.

The structure of 52 fragmented county forces is failing because “criminals and terrorists do not recognise borders” but police are tied to the boundaries of their forces, according to a report in the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) journal.

It said that policing needs urgent reform to bring it into the 21st century and make police “more efficient, reduce duplication and costs”.

The issue of regional mergers, first mooted ten years ago, is back on the agenda and a new government must “take the initiative” to bring about the biggest shake up of policing in 50 years, the report said.

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