EIGHT former police stations, which have not recently been used for public access, are to be sold.
The office of Staffordshire’s Commissioner for Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime has told Tamworth Informed that the last five years has seen major investment in mobile technology for policing across Staffordshire.
Staffordshire’s Commissioner, Matthew Ellis, promised in 2013 to invest in new technology that supports policing more effectively. This means that officers can now spend more time out and about in public whilst still having access to the information and systems they need, without constantly heading back indoors.
Mr Ellis said: “Over the last decade the challenges faced by the police everywhere have evolved. The technology available to Staffordshire Police has improved very substantially in the last few years to meet the challenges faced.
“Whilst police buildings are still needed, most people want to see more officers out and about in communities and policing now has the right tools to help that happen.
“There’s no question that budgets are tight and the growing complexity of the job policing does needs evermore investment to keep up. The properties I am selling were built in a different era and are surplus to requirement for policing today.
“It is vital that more of the money available is spent on people to deliver our police service and also on ensuring they have the right tools for the difficult job they do.”
Staffordshire Police say that it has now increased the number of officers working in communities and is investing more in neighbourhood policing, patrolling communities with an increased visible presence across the county.
The eight properties identified to be sold are:
• Blythe Bridge
The Commissioners Office has said that there will be greater use of shared public sector buildings, more drop-in surgeries in local centres, street briefings and community groups. The idea is to allow more access to officers on the ground and there are new opportunities for the police and the fire service to share some buildings locally.
The new resolution centres launched by the police last year to deal with non-emergency matters are also providing a more prompt and convenient service to resolve issues for people.
New online services are being developed by Staffordshire Police to make it easier and more convenient for people to report and track crime online, and the performance of the 101 non-emergency number is also continuing to improve.