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Police outsourcing plan for East of England forces

Police from three counties in the East of England could outsource some services to tackle a £73m funding gap.

Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire forces are looking to use private companies to provide their HR, finance and ICT services.

The plan, which would affect 1,100 police staff, will be put to the three respective police authorities in June.

Each force wants save £20m a year by 2015. If authorised, the services could be in place by April 2013.

Currently, the forces spent about £77m a year on the various departments.

In April, the forces' forensic, armed response and major crime units merged.

A shared professional standards unit and procurement department have already been established.

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