TWO Hampshire-based emergency services are set to share the same headquarters.
Hampshire Constabulary and Hampshire Fire and Rescue are the first agencies nationally to make this move which will see senior police officers move into the fire service’s base in Eastleigh.
The plans are part of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire Simon Hayes’ commitment to more integration and sharing of facilities with key partners.
Both organisations have submitted bids for Government funding to make the collaboration happen.
Hampshire Constabulary today heard it had been successful in its bid for around £1m from the Home Office’s Police Innovation Fund.
The move will see around 100 senior police officers and support staff based at the new strategic headquarters at HFRS’s Eastleigh base.
The force’s operational headquarters will remain in Winchester.
Mr Hayes said: ‘Collocating senior police officers and support staff from Hampshire Constabulary with Hampshire Fire and Rescue is key to the successful delivery of my policing estate strategy.
‘It is only by investing in joint-working initiatives such as this that I will be able to protect people and places locally while ensuring that the police’s estate is cost-effective and fit for purpose despite significant economic challenges.
‘I look forward to continuing the close working relationship with Hampshire Fire and Rescue into the future.’