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South Wales Police Collaboration

Sections 22A to 23I of Police Act 1996 (as amended)  (the Act) sets out the provisions under which collaboration agreements may be made by police forces and local poling bodies as a means of achieving more efficient and effective delivery of policing services.

Section 23A of the Act enables two or more PCCs to make an Agreement about the provision of joint support services.  “Support” includes the provision of premises, equipment, staff and facilities.

The Commissioner for South Wales, works with the other Welsh Police and Crime Commissioners through the All Wales Policing Group on matters of collaboration, and also provide scrutiny and ensures accountability for all collaborative arrangements.

On the 26th March 2014, the group approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that set out how joint governance and accountability arrangements for collaborative policing arrangements in Wales were to be undertaken.


Tarian Regional Organised Crime Unit

Tarian is the southern Wales forces response to serious and organised cross-border crime and has been operational for over 15 years and is resourced by officers from the three forces of South Wales, Dyfed Powys and Gwent as well as other agencies such as H. M. Revenue and Customs and the Crown Prosecution Service. Tarian works continuously to keep the public safe from serious and organised cross border crime, disrupting and pursuing the criminals involved and recovering the assets derived from their criminal activity. 

Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit (WECTU)

WECTU was established in 2006 and created one Special Branch for the whole of Wales. Its remit covers international terrorism and domestic extremism and is drive by the Governments Counter Terrorism Strategy known as CONTEST. WECTU work with the public and partners to identify, target and disrupt terrorists and extremists and seeks to keep the communities of South Wales safe.

Joint Firearms Unit

The Joint Firearms Unit has been established to provide a larger and more resilient pool of firearms expertise across southern Wales. The establishment of a joint unit has brought efficiencies through savings from procurement and training and ensure that all firearms officers across the region are trained and deployed in the same way.

Joint Legal Services

In 2009, Gwent and South Wales agreed to establish a Joint Legal Services provision that was the first of its kind in the police service in Wales and England and has resulted in a reduction in outsources work, greater economies of scale, improved performance, greater specialisation and improved development opportunities for staff.

Joint Scientific Investigation Unit (JSIU)

The JSIU is a facility has enabled the southern Wales forces of South Wales, Dyfed Powys and Gwent to increase capacity, resilience and range of services needed for forensic and scientific investigation and services.


Joint Procurement has enabled the southern Wales forces to improve efficiency and achieve economies of scale in all procurement activities.

Joint Fleet Maintenance Workshop

South Wales Police in collaboration with Bridgend County Borough Council have established a joint facility for fleet services providing a fully integrated joint fleet maintenance facility and resources achieving savings and efficiencies to both organisations.

Tri-Service Centre

The Tri Service Centre is a collaboration arrangement between South Wales Police and the South Wales and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services Public Service Centre (PSC) (Control Room). In addition Wales Ambulance Service Trust (WAST) operate a clinical desk within the PSC and the three health boards of Cwm Taff, ABMU and Cardiff and Vale support a mental health triage service from the PSC.

Digital Services Division (DSD)

The forces of South Wales and Gwent have established a Joint Digital Services Division (JDSD) to deliver a Joint Digital Service Strategy (JDSS). The collaboration gives both forces a real opportunity to develop and implement new ways of working and delivering policing to our communities.

The primary focus of this JDSS is to ensure forces provide an effective digital policing service for around 7,000 officers and staff and around 2 million members of the public across both Gwent and South Wales Police

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