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Sir Paul Stephenson agreed with the views of Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, who said there should be as few as nine regional police forces.
The commissioner has said that any reform of the police service had to address the threats of major organised crime and neighbourhood officers.
“We need to be capable of tackling homicide, the big cases, e-crime, serious organised crime and terrorism. But you cannot do that at the expense of local policing. We’ve got to do both.”
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