Police minster to visit Chippenham
2:53pm Monday 16th September 2013 in Latest News
Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice Damian Green is visiting Monkton Park in Chippenham on Wednesday to see first hand a police station and council offices co-located in the same building.
Chippenham Neighbourhood Policing Team, response officers and a police public enquiry desk are now based at Monkton Park, sharing the premises with Wiltshire Council staff.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson invited the minister for a tour and to meet officers based there so he could find out more about how Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Council are working together.
Mr Macpherson said: “We are all really looking forward to meeting the policing minister and showing him how the police operate from this co-located environment.
“Monkton Park is the first public building in Wiltshire where both the police and council are co-located. Working jointly across public sector boundaries in Wiltshire, and Swindon, is a way in which we can provide good quality and sustainable services to council tax payers.
"In the future, I look forward to sharing more sites and even closer working arrangements.”
A fundamental part of the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan is encouraging collaboration between public agencies. For example, where appropriate, Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Wiltshire will be based at their local area community campus.
The benefits of sharing public resources in this way allows for greater partnership working across the public sector, more efficient use of resources and cost savings, helping to protect frontline services and improve services.
During the visit Mr Green will be given a tour of the building, meet a small group of frontline officers as well as the Commissioner, Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty, Wiltshire Council Leader Jane Scott and Swindon Borough Council Leader David Renard.
Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat 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.”
Wiltshire Council Leader Jane Scott said: “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.”