South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner

Collaboration with other police forces

South Wales Police has a long, successful history of collaborating with other forces to develop specialist areas of policing.

Future collaboration will be driven by the need to meet the needs of the Strategic Policing Requirement and by the outcomes of the Regional Strategic Assessment of threats, risks and harm to the southern region of Wales.

Existing collaborative arrangements include:

Joint Scientific Investigation Unit

South Wales and Gwent have established a joint Scientific Investigation Unit, which allows both forces to deal with forensic examinations internally, saving more than £1million.

Joint Legal Services

South Wales and Gwent have established a Joint Legal Services provision – the first of its kind in England and Wales. It has led to improved performance, greater specialisation and improved development opportunities for staff.

Joint Director of Human Resources

South Wales and Gwent have appointed a shared Director of Human Resources to provide strategic human resource services to both forces.


The Joint Firearms Unit has been established to provide a larger and more resilient pool of firearms experts across South Wales, Dyfed Powys and Gwent Police Forces. This partnership generates savings in procurement and training.


The Force has established a joint workshop for vehicle maintenance with Bridgend County Borough Council to deliver a more efficient and effective service.