Derbyshire police and fire service chiefs discuss joint HQ

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Police and fire chiefs in Derbyshire are in talks over a possible new joint HQ.

Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are discussing the suggestion of sharing a base, which, subject to planning permission, would be built on the current police headquarters site in Ripley.

Derbyshire Constabulary’s Director of Finance, Terry Neaves, said: “Policing has changed a lot in the last 40 years and we need a building that is fit for purpose.

“We are in the very early planning stages and are looking at a range of options to ensure we have the most suitable and flexible building that continues to meet our changing needs.

“Even in these tough times it is prudent to invest to achieve savings for the future to enable us to deliver the best possible service for the people of Derbyshire.

“By sharing the new building with our colleagues in Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service it will allow us to share the costs of construction and maintenance. We will also benefit from being able to work more closely with them.”