VIP opening for new police facility in East Grinstead
Sussex Police’s new public contact point and police base in East Grinstead has been officially opened today (Wednesday 31 May) by Giles York, Chief Constable, and Iain McCulloch, chief finance officer for the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, in a ceremony attended by other senior officers, guests and VIPs.
The new facility has replaced the town’s former police station in College Lane and is incorporated in an annexe at the Chequer Mead Arts Centre in the more centrally located De La Warr Road.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “The move forms part of my estates strategy to ensure Sussex Police have the optimum mix of buildings in the right locations, including co-location with partners, to deliver the best service possible for the public. The rollout also ensures we reduce the running costs of buildings and secures further savings to reinvest into policing.
“The approach to local policing is changing, due in part to the way some crime is committed including cybercrime, fraud and scams. As a force, Sussex Police recognises the need to keep apace of advances in technology and how the public access services and information as a result. In addition to having a strong digital footprint, Sussex Police also wants to ensure that police buildings are modern, well-equipped and in the locations where the public need them most.”
The new police base became operational in early March and, as well as being easier to access, it also allows closer working with local partners for a more joined-up approach.
Chief Inspector Rosie Ross, district commander for Crawley, said: “A modern workplace for our staff and partners will assist in promoting positive, open and trusting relationships, making us more efficient and effective with our service to the public.”
Mrs Bourne added: “I am determined to improve services for victims of crime and improve access so, being based in the centre of East Grinstead, the Chequer Mead Arts Centre is a great place for the neighbourhood policing team to co-locate.”