Mansfield Civic Centre has become home to a new community safety hub.
The hub has brought together teams from Nottinghamshire Police and Mansfield District Council’s community safety department and provides a joined up approach to dealing with crime, disorder and safety issues.
The move to a shared centre follows a national trend of public sector organisations working more collaboratively and there are other similar successful partnership hubs already in Nottinghamshire.
Among the benefits of having the teams working together are improved communications. In addition, current ways of working will be reviewed to ensure they are as efficient as possible, making the best use of joint resources.
Both organisations will be sharing services and buildings which will reduce costs for all involved, something which most public sector organisations are having to do. It will also enable money to be better spent elsewhere.
Chief among its initial aims are to improve links with communities and to adopt a single process for all hub officers to deal with antisocial behaviour and low level crime.
To support the community safety team in their efforts to more effectively monitor crime and disorder, Mansfield District Council has also replaced its old fibre optic CCTV system and launched a new state-of-the-art wireless system, which offers CCTV security in previously hard-to-reach areas and demonstrates better quality visuals to help keep Mansfield safe 24/7.
Inspector Nick Butler of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The hub is a fantastic opportunity for all partners to work closely together to resolve community issues and concerns.
“With the new way of working, members of the public will only need to tell one person about a problem once and we will do the rest. This eradicates the possibility of being passed between organisations and departments.
We will have the same number of officers, it’s just a smarter way of working.
“Both ourselves and the council have the same aim of making Mansfield a safer and more enjoyable place to live and work and by being together in the hub and utilising the same problem solving techniques and systems, we can do this quicker and better than ever before.”
Cllr Mick Barton, Mansfield District Council Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, said: “We’re proud to be working alongside our partners to deliver efficient and effective services for Mansfield.
“This is a really positive step for community safety across Mansfield district that makes sense as it will improve communications and allow us to work more closely together.”
Neighbourhood Wardens and Police Community Support Officers will continue to have a presence in Warsop, serving the needs of residents on the outskirts of the district.