Police plans for sharing

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POLICE and fire chiefs are preparing to share buildings in a move aimed at saving both emergency services cash.

Chief Constable Med Hughes announced the police would be looking to share buildings with partners after discovering his force is to lose £43 million in Government funding over the next four years.

The idea is one of a number of plans his force is considering to save money, including selling off some disused buildings and closing some police station front desks.

South Yorkshire Fire Authority, which oversees the way the county’s fire service is run and funded, discussed the possibility of its community safety staff sharing a building with the police in Hellaby, Rotherham.

The unit is to host the Lifewise Centre, now based at Magna. The centre boasts a life-sized street where realistic scenarios are set up. Police and fire chiefs want a newer building with more space for a bigger set. They also want to use the building as a base for community safety staff.