Police minister visits Wiltshire to see first police station inside council office
2:44pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
POLICE minister Damian Green is due to visit Wiltshire Council’s offices in Chippenham on Wednesday to see the new police base.
He was invited by Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson to take a look at the country’s first shared council and police building.
Chippenham-based officers, including those covering the Hullavington and Stanton St Quintin areas, moved over to the Monkton Park complex last year.
Mr Macpherson said: “Monkton Park is the first public building in Wiltshire where both the police and council are co-located.”
He explained his police and crime plan encouraged collaboration between different public sector organisations.
“In the future, I look forward to sharing more sites and even closer working arrangements,” he added.
Mr Green will tour the building, meet frontline officers, as well as the Chief Constable Pat Geenty and Wiltshire Council Leader Jane Scott.
Chief Const Geenty said: “The police station being co-located at Monkton Park is proving successful so far with improved customer service and saving money in light of the significant budget cuts all public agencies are facing.
“We have seen real benefits from being under the same roof as our council colleagues. I’m looking forward to talking to Mr Green about our police station at Monkton Park and how it is working well on a day to day basis.”
Cllr Scott added: “We recognise that by working together we can not only make real efficiencies, but we can improve services for the people of Wiltshire.
“By having council staff and police teams sitting together in shared offices we can respond more quickly and effectively to matters such as safeguarding issues. It allows us to share information and work together to support and protect those who are most vulnerable in our communities.
“In the current economic climate it makes sense for all public sector organisations to look at where buildings and resources can be shared.
The Monkton Park offices is a great example of real partnership working and is unique as currently no other local authority has a police station co-located in its office building.”