13:42 Thursday 20 February 2014

Police and fire service move under one roof

Written byHELEN KREFT

A FULL-SCALE review of police buildings has seen officers join forces with Barton under Needwood firefighters to move into a £1 million purpose built station.

Police officers have spent their first day at the new fire station, in Short Lane, after moving a short distance from the police post in Efflinch Lane, which will remain open but not to the public.

Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, said: “There are many occasions where we work closely with the fire service to tackle the issues that matter to our communities and raise awareness.

“Bringing our services under one roof is a positive move as it will allow us to be able to talk face-to-face and deal with matters even more efficiently.

“The move will not impact on the community as officers and PCSOs based at the post will continue to spend the majority of their time out in the local community.

“The post is a base for them to use during their shift and somewhere for them to return for refreshments. They will still be accessible and members of the public will still be able to knock on the door for them or use the police assistance button on the front of the fire station to contact them.”

Co-location and joining up public services to be more effective is at the heart of Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis’ strategy. A full-scale review of police buildings, estates and assets to ensure that public money is used better is ongoing. It hopes to improve communications to ensure that police visibility increases.

Andy Oakley, Barton-under-Needwood station manager, said: “It will make it much easier and more efficient to share vital information and intelligence which will help us to better protect our residents and to tailor our services in order to provide what they need. Our joint approach enables us to identify vulnerable individuals who may be at risk.”

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