The future of policing in the eastern counties was discussed on Thursday by about 100 members of the East of England Regional Assembly.
On the meeting agenda at Hertford was the future structure of the regional police forces after a Home Office request that the smaller ones merge.
Among options discussed on Thursday were a force merging Beds, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Norfolk and Suffolk.
There were also proposals for east-west and north-south splits.
The regional assembly was taking part in the consultation process and has been attempting to find a consensus on one of the options.
Herts and Beds constabularies have also been considering linking up with the much larger Thames Valley police force.
The individual police forces have to submit to the home secretary before Christmas the merger plan they prefer after they have carried out a wide consultation.
A decision on the future structure of police forces is expected to be made on 23 December.