THE police and crime commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, visited two key support functions at Cheshire Constabulary headquarters in Winsford.
The commissioner, who took up his post last month, spent several hours at the tactical training centre and the vehicle maintenance unit.
He said: “We have to optimise effectiveness and efficiency. So I am keen to see everything the Constabulary is doing and how it is doing it. I was very impressed with what both of these facilities have achieved.
“I was pleased to discover they generate income. Staff in the vehicle maintenance unit carry out regular servicing on about 50 vehicles from other forces and other agencies.
“Other forces and organisations can hire facilities in the tactical training centre.
“When I called in, officers from another Constabulary were on the firing range and a company specialising in pre-hospital emergency care were using one of the classrooms.
“This is particularly valuable at the present time when we are faced with finding ways to meet Government spending reductions. The Constabulary is thinking about ways of creating income that are beneficial to the people of Cheshire. I want to assist with that whenever possible.
“I have nine weeks to draw up the outline budget for 2013/14 and that needs to be a springboard for the years to come.”
The purpose-built vehicle maintenance unit opened in 2003. Twenty four staff now look after a fleet of nearly 650 vehicles, which cover 11.4 million miles every year. As a comparison, 12 years ago 31 people maintained 468 vehicles.