POLICE officers in Burton and South Derbyshire are set to work closer together in a bid to keep a lid on crime in both areas.
Senior officers from Swadlincote Police Station have met with counterparts in Burton to discuss how they can work better together to drive down all types of crime.
This will result in better sharing of intelligence as well as working together on several joint operations throughout the year.
Nigel Lidsey, Derby South section inspector for Derbyshire Police, told the Mail that the move will improve his team’s ability to keep people safe in the area.
He said: “We have to be realistic and understand that our responsibility does not stop when criminals reach the border and go into Burton and the same goes for officers in the town when crime heads our way.
“We have held several discussions that have allowed us to come up with new ideas that we believe will be a big benefit to both areas.
“We met with several units including senior officers, CID and local policing teams in a bid to understand the way that they work and show how we work also.
“Both forces already share information and alert each other to major operations that they are undertaking but we want to expand on that and take it even further.
“If we have a criminal who ups sticks and heads to Burton, we will let them know just incase he starts to offend again in the town - just so that it gives them all the help possible.
“It will be the same in terms of victims of crime, so that these people do not get left and get all the support they need and deserve.”
The move will also see more join operations between the two forces.
Insp Lidsey added: “It will allow us to do more along the borders such as ANPR operations and efforts to improve road safety.
“This can only be of benefit to both forces and, more importantly, the communities that we are here to serve.
“We might not be reinventing the wheel but we think that this will make a massive difference to reducing crime.”