The latest hub, which will see police officers sharing office space with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, was announced by the PCC at a public meeting held in Ampthill at the Parkside Community Hall on Monday 13 February. The pooling of resources is part of the collaboration with other emergency services and the Blue Light Integration Project which is being introduced across the county.
Commissioner Holloway said: “Since taking over the role of PCC, my absolute priority has been increasing the visibility of the Force and your access to officers. It’s exactly what I promised in the run-up to my election, sharing fire stations where police stations had closed where necessary.
“Ampthill will see a police presence coming back to the town. A policing team including a dedicated officer – PC Aaron Dagley – will be joined by the Head of the Watches, PCSO Juliet Wright, and her visiting colleagues from Neighbourhood Watch, Speedwatch, and Streetwatch etc. An Inspector and Sergeant who work on collaboration with the fire service will hot-desk from there, backed by a community team, based at Biggleswade. This latest ‘Community Hub’ will add to those already announced for Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable and Houghton Regis.”
Local people should contact Aaron Dagley and Juliet Wright to arrange a meeting at Ampthill Community Fire Station. You should always make an appointment to see officers who will otherwise be out on the streets on duty not sitting in the office waiting for people to drop by.
Blue Light Integration focuses on local blue light service – Bedfordshire Police, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the East of England Ambulance Trust - working together to maximise efficiency, improve public service and reduce costs.
PCC Holloway added: “Bedfordshire’s emergency services are continuing to work together to find ways they can share facilities and work more closely to tackle local needs. Sharing office space at Ampthill Community Fire Station will enable police officers to be on the beat, dealing with issues that matter to the community rather than at a central base filling in paperwork.”
Police also share facilities and office space at fire stations in Leighton Buzzard and Shefford. Work also continues with the fire service’s community safety team at Bedford Community Fire Station to explore the possibility of teams moving into Luton Police Station in the near future.