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Bedfordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner - Kathryn Holloway - delivered her promise by officially launching the collaboration between Bedfordshire's Police and Fire and Rescue Service.

The PCC stated in her Police and Crime Plan that she would explore every possible opportunity of working jointly with the Fire and Rescue Service, and that she was determined to look at prospects of partnerships enabling officers to spend more time in communities and increase visibility in local areas.

As part of the increased collaboration between the two organisations, front line teams of police officers and PCSOs will co-locate with fire officers based in the Bedford Community Fire Station, and at the Fire Station in Ampthill.

Speaking at the launch event Commissioner Holloway said: "I am absolutely delighted by the official launch of the collaboration between the Bedfordshire Police and the Fire and Rescue Service. My absolute priority has always been to increase the visibility of the Force and access to officers. The co-location facilities in Bedford and Ampthill will help enable that, and are exactly what i promised in the run-up to my election, sharing fire stations where police stations have closed where necessary."

Co-locating the local policing team with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue's Prevention Teams at Bedford Community Fire Station and in Ampthill, is part of the collaboration the Police Community Safety and Licensing Teams, and will increase visible policing in the areas, offering excellent opportunities for increased levels of contact between the police and the Public, and enabling them to remain close to the communities they serve rather than having to return to Police Headquarters to complete paperwork.

The PCC continued: "Before taking over the role of PCC I said that I would strive to make the people of Bedfordshire's money work across the public purse, sharing facilities and supporting other services where possible.

"This pooling of resources and collaboration with other emergency services is part of the Blue Light Integration Project which is being introduced across the county to maximise resources, improve efficiencies and produce real benefits for everyone who works and lives in Bedfordshire."

Commissioner Holloway was joined at the collaboration launch by Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller, Cllr David McVicar, Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, and Cllr Paul Downing (Ampthill Ward).

Commenting on the collaboration Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller said: "This is yet another area where we are collaborating with Bedfordshire Police and we are continuing to work with the Police on sharing facilities at our other Community Fire Stations. There are many areas like arson reduction where co-locating helps us exchange information and reduce risks to the public and improve public safety".