Following the recent news that Maghull Police Station is likely to move into Maghull Town Hall (and thereby Merseyside Police become a tenant of Maghull Town Council) I thought I would try to get to the bottom of what the new look Community Police Stations are expected to look like when they open. I say they as this model of Community Police Stations is to be rolled out across Merseyside I understand.
Who best to go to for the info’ than the Police themselves and this is what they have provided to me:-
COMMUNITY POLICE STATIONS
The intention behind a Community Police Station is accessibility. “Community Police Stations will be at the heart of communities and each community served by a station will have access to officers on the beat.” This is planned to be achieved by:
· Having an identifiable police station consisting of an office, preferably within a shared location with partners, where officers can access Force systems and undertake any necessary paperwork, parade on and have their lockers, airwave and CS cabinets installed if required, with some parking facilities and bicycle storage, with out of hours access.
· Holding regular, advertised drop in surgeries for the public at the station.
· Allowing members of the public to book appointments with officers/PCSOs at the station.
· Having a private interview room available for private one to one meetings.
· Holding larger public meetings.
· Having TV screens visible externally but located within the building with rolling messages advertising surgery times and also any information that we might want to convey to the public.
. Having a yellow telephone external to the building that allows members of the public to contact the Force directly
In terms of timescales – “We will begin detailed planning and design work around the end of March/ April next year. The work will take a few months to complete, depending on any complications we might come across”.
So now we know a little bit more but Maghull Town Hall is quite small compared to many traditional town halls so where will the Police accommodation be within it?
I still have fears that the innovative Youth Coffee Bar which the Town Council closed not so long ago could well be a part of the accommodation to be leased to Merseyside Police but it would be nice to hear from the Council that my fears are groundless. However, if the Youth Coffee Bar was closed simply to accommodate the Police I and many others who support youth facilities and in particular this previously highly successful one will be even more unhappy than were were to receive news that it was closing in the first place.
Can we have answers please Town Council? – Watch this space