Officers from Killingbeck Neighbourhood Policing Team have moved into Killingbeck Fire Station and will be working closely alongside firefighters from now on.
A number of Neighbourhood Police Team police officers and PCSOs have moved into the York Road station, and more may follow in the future.
The move to co-locate police with firefighters is a significant step to future proofing local emergency service provision in communities which provides better value for money for the public.
Chief Fire Officer John Roberts said: “We are very pleased to be working closer with the police and feel that the co-location on one site will be beneficial not only to ourselves as emergency services but also to the wider community as we will be in a better position to identify any overlapping issues or priorities that arise in the local area and to tackle them efficiently together.
“The role of a firefighter and a police officer will remain distinct as they deliver their own individual services to the public, however, should there be areas where we can collaborate on joint initiatives, public awareness campaigns, or indeed youth education initiatives or prevention events to keep people safe and well then we will be better placed to do so.”
Chair of the Fire Authority, Councillor Judith Hughes, said: “Killingbeck Fire Station was opened in 2015 and is a state-of-the-art facility with the room to house firefighters and provide an office function to our police colleagues.
“By collaborating with our emergency service partners we can help them make savings which will ultimately be fed back into their service offering value for money for the public purse.”
The co-location supports the principles of JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme)which is about improving the way Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance services work together.
Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, said: “We are absolutely committed to keeping our neighbourhood teams locally based where they can work alongside our partner agencies to tackle the issues that matter the most to people in those areas. “Having the neighbourhood officers that were based at Killingbeck police station move literally next door to the fire station means they will continue to be in the heart of the communities they serve.”
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said: “The public want to see front line policing in their areas and this partnership working is keeping officers at the heart of the communities they work in.
“Partnership working with our emergency services partners and co-location such as this great example at Killingbeck will continue to play a key role in ensuring people feel safe, sharing premises where possible to provide a greater community presence.”