Police in Thrapston now have a new base at the town’s fire station.
The county’s first combined police and fire station was formally opened on Friday, August 23, by crew manager Bob Johnson and Sgt Andy Maher, at a ceremony attended by police, fire and community representatives.
Officers from the local safer community team will be based at the newly refurbished fire station in High Street, joining the team of retained firefighters.
The move is part of the wider collaboration between Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: “This is an exciting move for the blue light services in Northamptonshire, bringing together operational police officers and firefighters under the same roof for the first time.
“We know that people want to see their emergency services working closer together and this is just one of a number of areas where we are working to jointly improve the safety of our communities.”
County council cabinet member for strategic infrastructure, economic growth and public protection, Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage, said: “I am very pleased to see the opening of Northamptonshire’s first combined fire and police station.
“Put simply – having both services in the same place makes good sense.
“Firefighters and police officers already work closely together and, by operating from the same location, we can build on that collaboration even further and continue to make Northamptonshire a safer place for everyone.”
Sgt Andy Maher added: “Our new office at the fire station in High Street means we are in an even more central location, providing good access to the local community.
“We are really pleased to be based here and to be the first local policing team to work alongside our fire service colleagues in the same location.
“We can still be contacted in the same way using the non-emergency number 101, by email at SCT-EastNorthantsCentral@northants.police.uk, or by talking to officers out on patrol or at one of our regular surgeries.”
Watch manager Mick Witten said: “The opportunity to work more closely with our police colleagues is a very positive step.
“We have already seen the benefit in the delivery of a joint summer community safety initiative centred around water safety.
“With both services working out of one location we can train together and develop closer working relationships, which will be bring added improvements in the way we deliver our services to our local community”
The former police station in Sackville Street is being sold as part of the ongoing development and modernisation of the force’s estate.