Police have officially moved into their new station at Hertsmere Borough Council’s civic offices.

Officers began working from the new building a number of weeks ago, but the new station was officially opened in a small ceremony on Friday.

An extension of the existing council premises, the police station was officially opened by Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, Deputy Chief Constable Alison Roome-Gifford, council leader Cllr Morris Bright and council chief executive Donald Graham.

Cutting the ribbon at the opening, Mr Lloyd said: “I am delighted to be a part of the official opening of the new Borehamwood Police Station and to continue our very positive partnership with the council in our efforts to make Hertsmere, and the whole county, an even safer place.

“Partnership working is the key to effective policing and community safety - the move to shared police and council accommodation in Hertsmere will further improve an already strong relationship and sets a blueprint for other parts of the county.”

There is no front counter service but members of the public who visit can use the free telephone outside to speak to the force communication room or be put in contact with their Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Hertsmere Chief Inspector Dean Patient said: “We are very pleased to have relocated across the road from the old station into a new building, which will save money, improve efficiency, operational activity and partnership working with the local authority.”

Deputy Chief Constable Alison Roome-Gifford, added: “We inherited Borehamwood Police Station from the Metropolitan Police in 2000 but it was built in 1968 and is now both out-dated and under-utilised. These are exciting times as the new fit-for-purpose building provides a more modern patrol base for officers, who are now also equipped with mobile data devices so they can investigate crimes and incidents ‘on the go’.

“The new building will also improve already excellent working relationships with the local authority to help us deal with crime trends and anti-social behaviour.”