New joint council base for Harrogate policing team expected to save force £19,000 a year

A Harrogate policing team has moved to its new base where it will share offices with the town's council, saving the force around £19,000 a year.

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The Harrogate Outer Neighbourhood Policing Team officially moved into their new base at Pateley Bridge on Monday with officers and staff co-locating with Harrogate Borough Council in their offices across the road from the old police station in King Street.

There will be no change to the front counter service which is based separately at the Nidderdale Plus office located on Station Square. It is open to the public on Mondays 10am – 6pm, Tuesdays to Fridays 10am – 4pm, and at weekends from 10am – 1pm.

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The decision to move the base and put the current police station up for sale, made in consultation with the Chief Constable Lisa Winward, is part of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner’ Julia Mulligan's plans to reduce costs and sell underused buildings with the money saved earmarked for frontline policing.

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Ms Mulligan said: "By co-locating North Yorkshire Police with Harrogate Borough Council in Pateley Bridge we will achieve value for money for the taxpayer with no change to the access available for Nidderdale residents to our policing teams in the area.

"Selling the police station will also reduce the amount we have to spend on upkeep of an large and underused property and the proceeds will be reinvested in frontline, visible policing which I know is the priority of most people in and around Pateley Bridge and across North Yorkshire."