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Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd views progress of new Borehamwood police station
A new police station will enable the force to act as a more efficient crime fighting team, say officers.
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd toured the site of the new Borehamwood police station, which is currently under construction at Hertsmere Civic Centre in Elstree Way.
The £1.3million development, which is set to be completed in the spring, will accommodate 154 officers.
Standing in what would become his new office, overlooking Elstree Way, Hertsmere’s Chief Inspector Dean Patient said the building was “a fantastic space.”
He said: “This new layout means I am right next to my officers, rather than a couple of floors away as currently, meaning I can supervise my team more effectively.
“The office is open plan, meaning officers will be in close proximity to each other, encouraging them to work more closely as a team and talk to each other more easily in order to share information about different cases and suspects.”
The police station will share a main reception with Hertsmere Borough Council, meaning it will act as a “one stop shop” for members of the public depending on their needs.
The reception will have a telephone which members of the public who wish to see a police officer can use to call to ask for a police officer to be sent out talk to them.
Speaking during the visit, Mr Lloyd said he was impressed by the new building.
He said: “This new development will strengthen the partnership between local agencies even further and I was encouraged to see how well the work was progressing.
“Having a front desk that the public can access is a relic of the 1950s. Our new model is about ensuring we can improve our turn out rate and get the police to the public as quickly as possible.”
Chief executive of Hertsmere Council Donald Graham said he was very impressed with how the work was progressing.
He said: “This building is set to be completed on time and on budget.
“When it is complete, we will share the building with the police and the Hertfordshire Partnership, meaning we can more efficiently serve the needs of the people of Hertsmere.
“We work closely with the police in making Hertsmere safe and we look forward to working even more closely with them when they move into our Civic Offices.”
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