Nottinghamshire Police supported by Grantham’s traffic cops and armed police

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A ‘dual role’ team tasked with handling roads, armed policing and serious investigations will be based at Sherwood Lodge in Nottingham, with support from officers based in Grantham, according to Nottinghamshire Police.

The announcement came as the force denied the roles would be undertaken by officers based in Lincolnshire under restructuring plans.

A statement from the police said: “Detailed analysis of demand for operational support services across the East Midlands has shown that combining certain roles, such as roads policing and armed policing, improves officer utilisation, increases efficiency, flexibility and resilience, and provides better value for money to the taxpayer from those services.

“Under the East Midlands Operational Support Service structure, there will be a ‘dual role’ roads and armed policing unit and Serious Collision Investigation Unit based at the Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters at Sherwood Lodge.

“They will be supported, as and when required, by specialist tactical officers who are based at Grantham.”

However, it comes after a former police worker contacted the Mansfield Chad, a further Johnston Press title, to express concern that local traffic officers, who respond to major road collisions, could soon be based in Grantham.

The former staff worker, who did not want to be named, said: “I’m not surprised what the police have said, at the moment Nottinghamshire Police is being broken up into segments and disappearing all over the East Midlands.

“Officers have told me that they are being told they need to go to Grantham.

“They have told me that if the public knew what was happening, they’d realise it’s a matter of life and death.

“One said that if a person is involved in an accident, it better be outside the Queen’s Medical Centre, because otherwise it could take hours.”