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Collaboration Agreements

Collaboration Agreements

Section 23E of the Police Act 1996 (which itself comes from section 5 the Policing and Crime Act 2009) places on the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable a duty to publish copies of collaboration agreements to which they are party.

October 2013 (supplemented March 2015) – North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU)

Police & Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Durham Police & Crime Commissioner, Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner, Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary & Chief Constable of Northumbria Police with the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU)

The objective of the arrangement is to provide additional capacity and capability across the region to tackle serious and organised crime. The agreement was varied in April 2015 to incorporate additional regional functions. Please note: A copy of this collaboration agreement is not available online on the grounds that publication could reveal – and therefore undermine the effectiveness of- operational tactics. In order to comply with the publication requirements under Section 23e of the Police Act 1996. the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria is publishing the title and objective of the agreement (as shown above).

February 2015 – NATIONAL POLICE COLLABORATION AGREEMENT

The National Police Collaboration Agreement sets out how police forces and Police and Crime Commissioners will collaborate and coordinate nationally and help establish the National Police Chief’s Council based on the agreement of Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners and the Home Secretary. This has been signed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria and the Chief constable for Northumbria.

National Police Collaboration Agreement Part 1 (PDF)

National Police Collaboration Agreement Part 2 (PDF)

July 2015 – NATIONAL POLICE CO-ORDINATION CENTRE

The National Police Co-ordination Centre will enable operationally independent and locally accountable Chief Officers to co-ordinate national operations on behalf of the Chief Officers in order to protect the public. The Parties have agreed to collaborate with each other in relation to the running, the carrying out of the functions, the funding and the establishment of NPoCC.

NPoCC Sec 22a collaboration agreement

November 2015 – CIVIL NUCLEAR CONSTABULARY – Section 22a Collaboration Agreement

All Home Office Police Forces have been requested to enter into a formal collaboration agreement with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC). The CNC is an armed police service responsible for the protection of civil nuclear material at sites across the UK. Their officers have the full powers of a Constable at licensed sites and 5 kilometres beyond the boundary and anywhere whilst escorting nuclear material. The purpose of the Section 22A collaboration Agreement is to provide a lawful basis for the CNC to assist Home Office Police Forces when authorised to do so, as a simple alternative to the Energy Act 2004.

A copy of this collaboration agreement is not available online on the grounds that publication could reveal – and therefore undermine the effectiveness of operational tactics. In order to comply with the publication requirements under Section 23e of the Police Act 1996. the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria is publishing the title and objective of the agreement (as shown above).

November 2015 – SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT SERVICE – Section 22a Collaboration Agreement

The force has entered into a formal collaboration agreement to share the Durham Constabulary scientific support laboratory and facilities which are ISO accredited, to enable the Force to provide a fingerprint enhancement service which will meet national quality standards for the foreseeable future.

A copy of this collaboration agreement is not available online on the grounds that publication could reveal – and therefore undermine the effectiveness of operational tactics. In order to comply with the publication requirements under Section 23e of the Police Act 1996. the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria is publishing the title and objective of the agreement (as shown above).

December 2015 – Police and Crime Commissioners’ and Chief Constables’ North East (NPCC NE) Region – Collaboration Agreement

A number and variety of collaborative arrangements for the delivery of policing services are already in place nationally and across the NPCC NE Region. On behalf of the Region, as part of responsibilities under an agreed “lead force” model, North Yorkshire Police has undertaken a review of the two services of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) and the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) aspect of the wider Civil Contingencies response.  From this review, outline business cases for these service responses have been formally approved by the Region’s Chief Constables and Police and Crime Commissioners including the recommendation:

“A single Section 22A Agreement between all seven forces in the Region is required to form the legal basis for collaborative working.

A sub-functional agreement specifically for CBRN (and for DVI) is also required to detail bespoke arrangements not specified in the overarching Section 22A Agreement.” 

Thus this new Agreement provides a single, overarching legal agreement for the entirety of the NPCC NE Region’s seven policing services, and other partners, for collaboration. This Agreement was signed by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable for Northumbria in December 2015. The two sub-functional Agreements for CBRN and DVI have now also been agreed and signed.

As joint working progresses individual sub-functional service agreements may be added to this overarching Agreement rather than requiring a new Section 22A Agreement each time.

September 2016 – ACRO Criminal Records Office Section 22A Collaboration Agreement

The Commissioner and Chief Constable were presented with the above Section 22A agreement on 15th September 2016 where agreement was given by both parties.

The management of criminal records is a national service that has been carried out by ACRO, as part of Hampshire Constabulary since 2014. To help formalise this arrangement, a national S.22 collaboration agreement has been developed to provide governance for this service provision.

 September 2016 – National Police Collaboration Agreement in Relation to the Property and Wireless Interference Authorisations Pursuant to Section 93 of the Police Act 1997

The Commissioner and Chief Constable were presented with the above Section 22A agreement on the 15th September where agreement was given by both parties.

A copy of this collaboration agreement is not available online on the grounds that publication could reveal – and therefore undermine the effectiveness of operational tactics. In order to comply with the publication requirements under Section 23e of the Police Act 1996. the Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria is publishing the title of the agreement (as shown above).

February 2017 – Agreement regarding CHIS Authorisation

The NPCC has agreed to implement a national collaboration agreement to support CHIS (covert human intelligence sources) authorisation for the purposes of counter terrorism and combating domestic extremism which was signed by agreed by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable.

A copy of this collaboration agreement is not available online on the grounds that publication could reveal – and therefore undermine the effectiveness of operational tactics. In order to comply with the publication requirements under Section 23e of the Police Act 1996. The Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria is publishing the title and brief description of the agreement (as shown above).