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Joint base for North Yorkshire Police and Fire Service

Julia Mulligan Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, has announced that the police and fire services in Ripon will soon be sharing a base.

From 2 February, the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and 10 response officers currently based at Ripon Police Station will relocate from the building on North Street, to Ripon Fire Station, on Stonebridgegate.

Julia said:

I am pleased to announce that police officers and PCSOs in Ripon will soon be sharing a building with colleagues from the local fire service. This is a move that I hope to see repeated across the county in a bid to improve collaboration opportunities, allow for greater shared learning and to save money on buildings which can then be reinvested into the frontline.

This long-awaited move will see the police relocate out of a costly and outdated building into Ripon Fire Station, alongside their emergency service colleagues. The decision to dispose of the land and buildings at North Street has been in place for some time as part of our long-term estates strategy, and I am pleased that this is now going ahead.”

– Julia Mullingan
Credit: PA

North Yorkshire Police’s Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Phil Cain said:

This arrangement means we can reduce the amount of public money we have to spend on maintaining an outdated building without reducing the level of policing we provide in Ripon.

Co-locating with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service also means we’ll continue to work closely with our colleagues in other emergency services, maintaining a strong relationship with an important partner agency.”

– Phil Cain

The Police and Crime Commissioner says members of the public will still be able to access their local police in the new location.

A number of options for North Yorkshire Police’s long-term base in Ripon are still being explored and this includes conversations with partner agencies.