In a move which will improve services and save taxpayers money, Chippenham’s Wood Lane Police enquiry office team will join its colleagues at Wiltshire Council’s Monkton Park premises on Monday 25 March.
This follows the recent moves of the Neighbourhood Policing Team and police response officers.
These moves are part of a phased programme which will see Chippenham police services move to Monkton Park which will deliver improved services to the public while reducing costs by sharing resources.
It is part of Wiltshire Council’s transformation programme which will save £85 million over 25 years. These savings will be ploughed back into services underlining the council’s commitment to invest in and protect frontline services.
The police enquiry office remains open as usual at Wood Lane until Friday 22 March. The service will be provided at Monkton Park by the same staff with the same opening hours (8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday, closed bank holidays and Sundays) from Monday March 25. This is a change of location not a change of service.
Stuart Wheeler, cabinet member for transformation said: “I’m delighted that the final part of this move in Chippenham is taking place. This is exactly the type of innovative working which makes the best use of public resources and allows us and the police to reduce costs and protect frontline services.”
Superintendent Gavin Williams, Local Policing North, said: “The move of Chippenham Enquiry Office from Wood Lane police station to Monkton Park is the last stage of a phased programme to relocate public facing police services in the town, with the Neighbourhood Policing Team and response officers already based at the council premises.
“These moves are about working more closely with our partner agencies to improve the service we give to the public by benefiting from being under the same roof. This is via ‘real time’ information sharing, enhanced engagement with communities and making more efficient use of resources.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: “This is the culmination of work in Chippenham and marks the start of a wider programme. Working jointly across public sector boundaries in Wiltshire, and Swindon, is the way in which we can provide good and sustainable services to council tax payers. In the future, I look forward to sharing more sites and even closer working arrangements.”
Posted on Tuesday 5th March 2013