L-R: Neighbourhood Policing Inspector for Bassetlaw Neil Bellamy, Chief Constable Craig Guildford, Bassetlaw District Council Leader Simon Greaves and Police Constable Glenn Turner, the dedicated Worksop Town Centre Beat Manager.
Nottinghamshire Police will move in with Bassetlaw District Council as part of a local restructure in Worksop.
The move, which will see police share Queen’s Buildings with the council, has already seen an increased police presence.
The announcement comes after months of negotiation and was rubber-stamped by Bassetlaw District Council’s Cabinet in March this year.
As part of the relocation from Nottinghamshire Police’s existing base, next door but one to Queen’s Buildings on Potter Street, additional resources for Nottinghamshire Police will include dedicated local neighbourhood and response resources, CID, School Liaison and an increased number of PCSOs. The new facilities will have a front desk, vulnerable victims suite and interview rooms.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: "Sharing facilities with Bassetlaw District Council means that Nottinghamshire Police 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.
"We now have an additional dedicated police officer for Worksop Town Centre who has been in post since January and three new PCSOs. A new CID unit will also move in once works have been completed too, followed by a new Schools Liaison Officer in September.
"I would like to thank local politicians and in particular Cllr Simon Greaves, John Mann MP and PCC Paddy Tipping whose collective challenge and support has assisted myself and the Local Authority Chief Executive to deliver a great outcome for the good people of Bassetlaw."
Cllr Simon Greaves, Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, said: "We are delighted to be working closer with Nottinghamshire 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, as well allowing a number of other positions to be brought back to the town.
"This is an extremely positive move for both the Police and Bassetlaw District Council and will further enhance the services we are able to offer Bassetlaw residents in Queen’s Buildings as part of our One-Stop service that currently includes the Department for Work and Pensions, Citizens Advice and 2 Shires Credit Union."
Paddy Tipping, Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, 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 with our local authority partners, we are creating an efficient, fit for purpose and sustainable estate that helps to improve services and deliver value for money across the board."
The relocation is in response to the Government’s reductions in police funding, which has hit Nottinghamshire particularly hard with £56m of cuts completed to date and a further £12m required to meet their target.
Work on the dedicated offices at Queen’s Buildings is expected to start imminently with Nottinghamshire Police planning to move into its new Worksop home later this year.
The relocation plans follow a successful move for Nottinghamshire Police based in Retford from their former station to the council’s One-Stop-Shop in the Town Hall.
Posted on Thursday 10th May 2018