Isle’s council and police in joint working

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North Lincolnshire Council is to maintain around 30 unmarked Humberside police vehicles and provide MOT testing for over 70 based in the North Lincolnshire area.

Humberside Police are currently developing a single vehicle maintenance facility at Melton to replace two existing others in Scunthorpe and Hull. As part of this Humberside Police has secured support from the council to maintain unmarked non-operational police vehicles in Scunthorpe.

This will include the inspection, service and repair of the 30 unmarked vehicles and MOT testing for over 70 police vehicles at the council’s fleet workshop. Otherwise the police vehicles would be taken out of the area to be maintained.

The new arrangement that launches this week is to save Humberside Police time and money, said a spokesman.

There will be an efficiency savings of around £2,500 a year from the move that follows on from joint working already in place between the council and the police to share fuel facilities. This scheme was set up in March 2013.

The police made a number of changes last year including moving to diesel cars from petrol. An arrangement was put in place for the council to provide police with diesel. This meant police could use the council’s existing facility.

By doing this significant savings for Humberside Police were made. It would have cost £31,202 for a new diesel facility and £1,000 a year to maintain it.

Coun Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for highways and neighbourhood, said: “Joint working is great for both organisations. It improves efficiency for both the council and Humberside Police as resources are being used productively.

“I’m confident there will be plenty more opportunities in the pipeline for us to work with Humberside Police. We are always looking for ways we can work with other local organisations to save money and improve our resourcefulness.”

Will Lambert, Fleet and Services Manager at Humberside Police, said: “Supporting the second-line fleet through local authority workshop facilities provides maintenance support in the area where the vehicles are used, avoiding unnecessary movement of vehicles to and from the police workshop and providing faster turnaround times. This also frees up capacity in the police workshop to support front-line operational police vehicles and is facilitating joint working with the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.”

Matthew Grove, Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside Police, added: “Following our agreement last year to share fuel bunkering facilities with North Lincolnshire Council, I am delighted our partnership has been further strengthened with this new arrangement which will see both the council and Humberside Police benefit and reduce the cost to the taxpayer.

“We will continue to seek further opportunities to make savings which allow us to protect frontline services to the public.”