A new policing base in the heart of Brentwood has officially opened for business.
The base at Brentwood Borough Council’s offices at the Town Hall in Ingrave Road, will ensure the borough’s officers remain local, visible and at the centre of the community they serve.
Officers will begin and end their shift at the new facility and will also use it to see victims of crime by appointment.
Housing Local and Community Policing Teams and detectives, the base was officially opened by Essex Police’s Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst and Brentwood Borough Council leader Cllr Louise McKinlay.
Essex Police’s Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “We know local and visible policing matters to the people of Brentwood and that’s what my officers want to provide more than ever.
“We know people draw comfort from the symbol of a police station, I know I do. But when those buildings are outdated and costly police must seek out efficient new ways of working and new places to work from that enable us to serve our communities and tackle those crimes that cause Brentwood people the most harm.
“This base will enable us to keep Essex officers at the heart of the place they serve whilst ensuring an even better and closer working relationship with our vital partners at the council.
“Not only will it house my local and community policing teams – who respond to emergencies, investigate crimes and tackle those longer-term issues such as anti-social behaviour which affect the lives of residents so much – it will also house our detectives who investigate the most serious of offences that occur within our towns.
“We are grateful to our partners at Brentwood Borough Council for helping make today happen and it demonstrates the commitment of both of our organisations to keep our community safe.”
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “We know that our communities want local, visible and accessible policing and by working with our borough and town councils we can get closer to our communities, provide a more joined up service and do more for the public.
“The people of Brentwood deserve an efficient, effective and modern police force working closely with local partners and communities to resolve local issues.
“This co-location is a great step toward building even stronger relationships between local organisations and the community and I would like to thank the council and the local police officers for their shared commitment to this aspiration.”
Cllr Louise McKinlay, Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, said: “This is a fantastic use of our space by bringing in one of our partners. We are pleased to be in a position to welcome the Police into the Town Hall, which will lead to the opportunity to deliver joined up responses for the public.
“The move is part of our shared community hub plan for the future of the Town Hall and will eventually mean more services under a single roof, making it more accessible for members of the public.”
The former police station in London Road, Brentwood closed to the public in April 2016 and was vacated in December last year.
The building has been sold subject to contract. It is one of several being sold as the estate is reduced to help modernise the force. The resources this frees up will enable officers to stay visible in communities for longer, be more accessible, build our specialist capabilities and so help keep the people of Essex safe.
The current police estate in Essex costs £10million a year in running costs but the buildings would require £30million of maintenance work to bring them up to standard. This money can be better invested in preventing and fighting crime by recruiting officers and investing in technology to help them do their job.
The policing base at Brentwood Town Hall does not offer a front counter service to the public.
However those wishing to visit a police station can visit Harlow which is open to the public Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. People can report crime by phoning 101 or via the Essex Police website www.essex.police.uk
If your enquiry relates to operational policing or a crime please contact Essex Police here