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North Yorkshire Police and Fire Services to Share Back Office Roles

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11:26am 20th January 2014

£20,000 of government cash will be spent to help North Yorkshire's police and fire services work together more.

The police and the fire and services will work more closely to promote public safety and save money.

It's hoped there will be a more efficient service through closer collaboration and the sharing of back office roles. Police Commissioner Julia Mulligan and the Fire Authority hope it will allow both services to build resilience, protect frontline services and support the local economy.

An example of what can be expected was revealed in a pilot project where vulnerable older people across the Dales, had joint home fire safety and crime prevention visits, along with the joint safety campaigns.

Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, said:

“This funding will help us to realise our plans to be more innovative and ambitious and start bringing about real improvements to public safety.

“As other forces across the country are looking at pooling resources with other police forces, we have taken a different approach. Centralising policing into ever larger units might save money within the police service, but it completely ignores the opportunities to collaborate more widely and deeply with partners in our own backyards, and to support our local economies.

“I think there is a real opportunity for the police and fire and rescue service in North Yorkshire to deliver services better through collaboration.”

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