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New Lichfield police station to be centre of excellence – Crime Commissioner

A new police station in Lichfield will become centre of excellence for the force, according to Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

An artist's impression of the new Lichfield Police Station building

An artist’s impression of the new Lichfield Police Station building

A planning application for the site at the junction of Eastern Avenue and the A51 is due to be submitted soon with a projected opening in 2016.

As well as being home to local officers, the base will also be one of three “investigative hubs” across the county, with CID, public protection and forensic staff from the south of the county based there.

Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said the new facility will make a real difference to the lives of local people.

Matthew Ellis

Matthew Ellis

“This is about using public resources well by investing in a first rate police facility for the future and giving police the best tools to do their job.

“This new centre of excellence will directly benefit crime victims throughout the south of the county by bringing police expertise in investigations and forensics under one roof.”

The new building will replace the old police station on Frog Lane which will be sold off as part of city centre redevelopment plans, although a force front desk will still operate from Lichfield District Council’s offices.

“The new police base demonstrates our commitment to local policing in Lichfield, with quick access to the main road networks and providing a modern base which neighbourhood and response teams will be able to meet in between patrols,” Mr Ellis said.

“This is about having facilities that work alongside a significant investment in technology which will allow us to deliver policing in a more effective way.

“This investment in technology will increase time for front line policing by thousands of hours each week across Staffordshire. It will turn the tables on criminals through superior, real time intelligence, reduce cumbersome time-consuming bureaucracy and provide officers with the right information on demand to deal with what they are facing or investigating.

“Working closely with Staffordshire Police we have set out what’s needed for a game-changing programme of transformation. It will maintain the most local neighbourhood policing, equip the force better than ever before, and is already returning greater discretion to officers through the removal of targets and will see policing here as top performing nationally.”

Staffordshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Jon Drake said the new base will improve the ability of officer’s to react to crime.

“Bringing these resources together will create the closest join there has ever been between our scientific and investigative expertise,” he said. “Cutting-edge forensic techniques will be available on site and the co-location of police resources will mean greater flexibility and a better response to crime victims.”

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