Managing of Public Organization
The home office was keen in merging the police force. This was despite all the challenges and the conflicting ideas to the merger process. The office knew that even though there are challenges in achieving merger of the police forces, they had to do, if they had to improve the efficiency of the force. The lesson learnt from the New York bombing had made the home office to realize that close coordination is needed in the force and merger was a sure way of achieving high-level coordination. The office was aware of the fact that merger of the police forces was going to bring the following benefits to the force.
- The merger would enable the police force to provide better protection services which would effective reduces cases of murder, issues with cross-border and other serious criminal activities.
- Merger of the police force was a sure way to improve and upgrade the support to the policing units in the level1 policing. These policies would be more supported to better to enable effective neighboring and local police activities.
- The office also insisted on ensuring merger of the police forces because it was aware of the fact that merger would help the force have a smoother flow of intelligence information in all it levels. This would improve the handling of organized and serious crimes like terrorist attacks.
- Merger was going to strengthen the working relationship between the force and other stakeholders form private and the public sectors.
Home office made it clear that should those people, who are opposed to the merger system come up with a better idea, which would improve the force more than the merger would, and then the office must continue with the merger process. Recognizing the above-mentioned benefits, the home office proceeded with the merger process. The time allocated for this activity was short, but the office was determined to achieve merger of the police force. It would also be correct to say that the home office was keen to have the merger because the even the president of the association of police officers himself had supported the move. In his statement, the president had stated that while preservation of the police units is important, there was also the need to change with time, or else the whole force would become obsolete with time. Changes in the world need flexibility, and any organization that cannot be flexible enough to cope with the changes, will not survive the future. It was therefore wise that the home office up its game and adapt to the changes.
The process merger process cannot be said to have sailed smoothly, some police departments, like the Kent police federation objected the merger process. They argued that county police should not emerge and instead should remain independent. Issues were also raised on how the merger would finance its activities. The set up cost alone was estimated to be £58m and the proponents of the merger process saw it wise to use the amount to hire more officers into the forced to make it stronger. The assumptions and inferences were made on what might constitute the merger, also referred to as the strategic force. The assumptions were that the force would be big, but would not interfere with single police unit; it would however just join them to a bigger force.
The consistency of the home office is also evidenced in the way it never gave up even with the slow start of the process. In a period of six months and only one merger completed, approved would have killed the spirit but it continued. The benefits envisioned by the home office were later echoed by the spokesman of the liberal democrat home affairs; collaboration between forces was starting to dawn to many as the best alternative in achieving the desired outcomes in the operations of the police force and the overall security of the region. Views of the citizens on the national strategic force also count as the reason for home office being so keen on the merger.UK and England were going to benefit a lot from merger than they would at its absence. The national infrastructure system like the computers would give a boost to the force, which had some of its police officers not able to access the intelligence system. This expose to the national intelligence system would make the force more effective in carrying out its response movements and countering criminal activities. The national intelligence system also meant that officers would gain more skills in handling intelligence information. Politics and the issue of funding were challenges to the home office, but the vision they had for the project was too great, and as they say, no one can stop an idea who time has come.
The collaboration between police departments and levels meant that local police officers would never be sidelined when issues affect their localities are discussed. In the past, cases where local police officers being sidelined had made the force lose support of the local people .sharing information between the police and local people is very critical because it enables police to get very vital information from the public. Another reason why the office insisted on national strategic force was to supplement the gaps that exist within small police forces. The police force had some small forces, which were not big enough to handle everything that a police force should handle. Home office knew this makes the force susceptible and needed immediate solution
Mergers would solve this issue through the appointment of regional police commissioners who would help bridge these gaps. The changing faces of threats to the police force meant that something had to be done. Sticking to the old practices meant exposing the force and making it more vulnerable to all the negative forces. Issues like terrorism and other major criminal activities are real and the force would not sit back and wait, something had to be done because failure to do so exposed it to the risks from enemies all round. Since there was no better alternative to future improvements than mergers, home office was determined to make it work. The challenges like the time factor and funding would be expected in any serious project, but the benefits that would be achieved from its accomplishment would make it succeed despite the odds. Today, the merger of the police force has become a worldwide trend and other countries are copying the same project in their police administration. This further point to the fact that whatever pushed the home office to continue with the project, despite the challenges and political intereferences was really a worthwhile risk to take.