Dozens of police move into fire service’s HQ

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MORE than 100 police officers have moved into a new base of operations at the headquarters of Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

Senior officers, including Chief Constable Andy Marsh, and other staff have joined their blue light colleagues in Eastleigh.

It’s the first time in the country that a senior police team has moved into a fire headquarters.

The move is part of the police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes’ plan to replace aging police premises with modern buildings.

Mr Hayes felt the idea would benefit both services.

‘This move into the new headquarters provides a unique shared working environment that develops stronger partnership working as well an environment that is fit for modern policing,’ he said.

‘This has all been achieved at no extra cost to the taxpayer and contributes towards savings of up to £3m to be put back into supporting front-line policing across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.’

The building in Leigh Road in Eastleigh has been redeveloped in the last six months to accommodate police officers and staff, who will join fire staff.

Chief Constable, Andy Marsh said: ‘This relocation into a shared headquarters reinforces the already strong partnership we have with our colleagues in Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and we are proud to be the first police force to do this in the country.’

Dave Curry, chief officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, added the decision would help to ‘strengthen’ the ‘excellent working relationship’ between the two forces.