Thrapston can be a model for blue-light merger, says minister

Police minister Damian Green (left) visiting the county last week. Also pictured are Northampton MP Michael Ellis, PC Gareth Cox and PC Lee Flavell
Police minister Damian Green (left) visiting the county last week. Also pictured are Northampton MP Michael Ellis, PC Gareth Cox and PC Lee Flavell

The policing minister has told MPs a shared police and fire station in Thrapston is a good example of the benefits of collaboration between blue-light services.

In Parliament yesterday (Wednesday, February 12) Damian Green said the Thrapston model meant people in and around the town were getting a more efficient service than in many other places.

Mr Green visited the county on Thursday, February 6, when he also examined Northamptonshire Police’s new telematics system, which encourages more fuel-efficient driving and which could save the force up to £500,000.

“I recently went to Thrapston in Northamptonshire to visit a joint police and fire station,” Mr Green said.

“One building provides two emergency blue light services, which means not only that a better service is provided to the people in and around Thrapston, but that the two emergency services, as they have told me, work better together than they did before.”

He said he wanted to encourage collaboration between police forces, between the police and other blue light services and between the police and local government.

Last month, the Home Office announced it would give £620,000 in funding to help pay for plans to fully integrate Northamptonshire Police and the county’s fire and rescue service.

The money will go towards the first year of a four-year project, to be led by Police Commissioner Adam Simmonds and the county council, which will involve shared properties, services, training and fleet maintenance between the services.