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Sharing aims to save north police money

Glencoe. Image: Toby Speight/Geograph
Glencoe is one of the areas where the force is looking at sharing facilities with the ambulance service

A police force is seeking to share more of its facilities with other emergency services in a bid to help it make efficiency savings.

Northern Constabulary has offered to share office space with the Scottish Ambulance Service at its new station in Lairg.

The move is expected to cut running costs by 15% for the force.

Negotiations have also reached an advanced stage on sharing facilities in Glencoe and Grantown-on-Spey.

At the new station in Lairg, the ambulance service will use a first floor office and share the reception and meeting room.

Northern Constabulary has set out a number of savings targets.

They include saving £45,000 on petrol costs.

The details are contained in a report to Tuesday's Northern Joint Police Board.

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