Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed that it will pool resources with neighbouring Dorset in what is known as a "strategic alliance".
We spoke with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Police, Tony Hogg, who explained what it means in practice:
Police are concerned for the welfare of Claire Lawrence, 49 , who is missing from her home in Weymouth.
Claire has not made any contact with her friends or family since last Friday and may need to take medication.
Police in Dorset are warning people not to be taken in by phone scammers.
They say a new wave of calls is targeting vulnerable people in the west of the county.
Thousands of pounds have been taken from victims.
Funding plans for 16 extra police officers and 300 body cameras are due to be considered by Dorset's crime panel.
County crime commissioner Martyn Underhill wants to increase the police part of the council tax by just under two per cent to pay for it.
Almost 50 people have been charged with drink driving across Dorset so far this month.
Dorset Police have released details of all 48 who have been charged as part of their Christmas drink driving awareness campaign.
There are increased patrols over Christmas week throughout the county.
Devon & Cornwall police have confirmed on Twitter this morning they have formed a strategic alliance with the Dorset force to look at ways of collaborating. They insist it does not mean they are in talks to merge the two forces, which cover 3 counties.
Two of the West Country's police forces are looking at how they can work together to save money.
Smaller budgets may see some services split between Dorset and Devon and Cornwall forces. A joint project team has been set up, but both forces say it shouldn't be seen as a full merger.
A 24 year-old man has died in a car crash in Portland, Dorset, this morning. His Volkswagen Golf hit a wall on Southwell Road and he died just after 2am (Sunday 6 October). Police do not believe any other vehicles were involved, and they are asking any witnesses to come forward.
Major crime scenes in Dorset are being by private security staff rather than police officers. A trial is now underway in the county that'll see the idea tested for four months.
The force is taking the radical action in an attempt to free up police officers for other front line duties, meaning they don't have to spend hours standing by police tape.
But there are concerns this is just the first step in privatising parts of our police force. Martin Dowse reports.