Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has announced ambitious plans to develop a new police response hub in the heart of North Derbyshire.
The headline terms have been agreed with landowners and detailed negotiations are underway to confirm the exact specification of the building work.
The PCC gave the full go ahead to the project at the latest meeting of his Strategic Priorities Assurance Board and welcomed a huge package of plans to strengthen the police estate and increase policing visibility across the county.
“This is a huge milestone in our drive to improve the way we police our communities and I’m delighted we are so far ahead in the development stages,” he said.
“Making sure our response officers are well-equipped and well-positioned to respond to people when they need help most is exactly what local residents have said they needed and I am proud to be delivering.
“This new resource is a huge boost to neighbourhood policing teams operating in North Derbyshire and other nearby stations and reaffirms my commitment to ensuring a strong police presence remains at the centre of our communities.
“Organising and managing our resources in the best possible way is a top priority for me. This new hub will play a major role in our plans to increase safety for people living in this part of the county in the future and importantly, reduce their fear of crime.”
The hub will be located close to the M1, in a central position to serve Clowne, Bolsover and the eastern areas of Chesterfield. It will also benefit residents living close to and along the M1 by ensuring police can respond swiftly to call outs.
The Force has put a multi-million figure in its Capital Programme to fund the North Division hub.
Chief Superintendent Hayley Barnett, who leads the policing for the north of the county, said: “I very much welcome the announcement to build the new policing response and investigative hub which will allow us to better meet current and future policing challenges.
“The location has been chosen due to its access to major road networks to improve response times across the North East area.
“By bringing together a number of teams, we will provide a more responsive service to the public. Meanwhile local safer neighbourhood teams will be located in the communities they serve to provide the local presence we know that people want to see.”
There are several major projects in the Capital Programme which are either currently underway or prioritised for progression over the next four-year period.
It is part of a new model of policing for the county which will ensure local policing is aligned and integrated with other local public services to improve outcomes for local people.
Media Enquiries: Sallie Blair - 01283 821012 / 07702 541401
Posted on Wednesday 24th March 2021