Nottinghamshire Police and Bassetlaw District Council have agreed a deal to share premises later this year, in a move which will increase the police presence in Worksop.
The two organisations will share the council’s base at Queen’s Buildings on Potter Street as part of a local restructure and cost efficiency plan.
The relocation will free up police resources to allow for an additional dedicated police officer for the town centre, three new Police Community Support Officers, a schools liaison officer and the return of a CID unit.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “Sharing facilities means we will have less square feet, but more on the beat.
“That’s what I want and that’s what the public want. We are not just maintaining our local policing presence but increasing it.”
He added: “I would like to thank local politicians — in particular Councillor Simon Greaves, John Mann MP and Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping — whose support has helped deliver a great outcome for the good people of Bassetlaw.”
The announcement comes after months of negotiation and was approved by the council’s cabinet in March.
Councillor Greaves added: “We are delighted to be working closer with the police and as part of this relocation, have been able to secure the appointment of additional officers who are already walking the streets of Worksop.
“This is an extremely positive move for both parties, and will further enhance the ‘one-stop’ services we are able to offer residents in Queen’s Buildings, which already includes the Department for Work and Pensions, Citizens Advice and 2 Shires Credit Union.”
Work to prepare the building for police use will start imminently,and will include a front desk, vulnerable victims suite and interview facilities.
The relocation has been planned in response to the Government’s reductions in police funding, which has hit Nottinghamshire particularly hard with £56million of cuts completed to date and a further £12m required to meet their target.
Police and Crime Comissioner Paddy Tipping said: “All public services will continue to face significant financial challenges in the future and working more closely with our partners, like this, is a logical step that delivers economic savings while providing better facilities for the public.
“It’s police officers and staff who keep our communities safe, not buildings. By working together, we are creating an efficient and sustainable estate that helps to improve services and deliver value for money across the board.”