The presence of officers in Burntwood will not be hit by the sale of Chasetown Police Station, Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has said.
The building has been sold to local construction company Cameron Homes.
Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis said the sale was a good deal for taxpayers – and that it would actually allow for an increase in officers in the town.
“The Chasetown building has been broadly unused for a couple of years and the sale has been completed achieving an excellent sale price,” he said. “This will reduce borrowing and help the presence of more community policing.
“Numbers are set to increase by over a hundred officers at the most local level in neighbourhoods. The opportunities for police to share buildings with the fire service are being developed and prioritising the presence of more officers in local communities will remain the top priority.”
The deal was part of a long-term examination of Staffordshire Police’s estates, with Commissioner Ellis insisting the need for traditional bases was reducing.
“The work to rationalise estates started in 2014 and continues today,” he said. “Mobile technology means officers spend less time in police stations and more time out and about.
“It also means less reliance on desktop computers with big reductions in the space needed by police in Staffordshire.
“In short, the focus is more officers but fewer buildings. The increase in numbers of neighbourhood police officers has been possible by prioritising on street policing over bricks and mortar.”