Police diver teams could be merged

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UNDERWATER search teams across Yorkshire could merge to halve the number of police divers and save £400,000 a year.

A meeting today will decide whether divers with South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Humberside police forces should amalgamate.

The Yorkshire and Humberside Joint Police Authorities Committee will discuss plans on Thursday to reduce the number of divers region-wide from 28 to 10.

A report by the region’s chief constables proposes the merger of underwater search units into one base at Humberside Police.

The report said the merger would offer savings of about £400,000.

Currently the three forces spend £1,125,628 a year with 28 divers in the marine and underwater search units.

If the proposal is approved 18 staff will be released back to the forces.

North Yorkshire Police has a contract to use West Yorkshire divers. It is not part of the merger but will retain the service.

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