To ensure the communities of Tenbury Wells continue to have a local policing team based in the heart of their community, officers have moved to the town fire station.
PCC John Campion is responsible for all West Mercia police buildings, and ensuring they are effective and efficient whilst delivering value for money on behalf of local communities.
Following an ongoing review of all police buildings, and by working with partners as part of the One Public Estate Programme (OPE), the PCC has been able to identify where savings can be made by co-locating buildings without reducing the level of service the public receives.
The local policing team in Tenbury Wells have now moved from Berrington Road to the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) station. This will allow members of the public to still access their local policing team, and maintain the presence within the town.
PCC John Campion said: “I have heard loud and clear from communities that they want their police force to be visible and accessible, which is why I felt it was important to maintain the presence within Tenbury Wells.
“Our police force needs to be in fit-for-purpose buildings that support the new technology we are introducing. It is also important that, whilst doing this, we are identifying savings and ways of working better and more closely with partners.”
Chief Fire Officer Jon Pryce said: “HWFRS is pleased to welcome West Mercia Police into shared premises as we continue to deliver our core strategies of Response, Protection and Prevention.
“Sharing a facility also strengthens joint responses to emergencies and builds on our commitment to collaborate with our blue-light partners, whilst also delivering efficiency to the public purse.”
Superintendent Edd Williams said: “A new home for West Mercia Police is much needed in Tenbury Wells and will help us to continue to deliver an excellent level of service to the communities we serve.
“Being co-located with our colleagues from HWFRS will further strengthen our partnership and allow us to provide the best possible response to joint incidents and ultimately keep our communities even safer.”