Lincolnshire Police has joined the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire forces to tackle major crime and serious and organised criminality.
This will make it the largest collaboration of its kind in the country, potentially saving the police forces in excess of £26 million pounds over a four-year period.
The joint major crime facility will investigate murder, manslaughter, kidnap with demands and extortion across the East Midlands region.
Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Storey, a Lincolnshire Police officer working as part of the East Midlands Police Collaboration Team, said:
“This is a real opportunity for Lincolnshire to benefit from the expertise and resilience of regional resources.
“It means we can target serious and organised crime across the five counties and more effectively deal with Major Crime without impacting on front line policing within our county.
“It’s an efficient and effective pooling of effort, strengthening our response to crime at the highest level whilst safeguarding our capacity to deal with the crimes that really matter to our local communities like anti-social behaviour.”