Bridgwater Police Centre - first look

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  • Avon and Somerset Police strategy released today
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  • Centre will house enquiry office, 36 custody cells, investigation teams, CSI, specialist operations and neighbourhood teams.

5:01pm

AVON and Somerset Police has unveiled the new £20million Police Centre at Express Park in Bridgwater after taking a long hard look at its estate.

The force has set up three police and custody centres in Bridgwater, Patchway and Keynsham to help meet the needs of communities, staff and operational policing.

The constabulary has made the moves to reduce its portfolio of buildings by at least 36% by 2019, which it says will support further savings to keep more officers and staff on or close to the frontline.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “As we get ready to move into these three state of the art new police centres I want to be clear with local people about our future estate plans.

“I do not want residents to feel the police are withdrawing from their area or street - far from it - our plans are about reducing the amount of oversized and under-utilised buildings we own and providing the best possible access for our communities.

“This is an exciting time for local policing and reinforces our commitment to serving our communities while being more efficient and cost effective with our buildings.”

She added that local police teams may share a building with other ‘blue light’ services such as fire and ambulance or with the local council.

While some moves will take place this summer as the new police centres open, others, such as the situation with Burnham Police Station, are longer term and will happen the next four to five years.

Director of Finance Julian Kern said: “Many of our buildings are in need of significant investment and are too large for what we need. We are keen to work with our local partners and seek smaller and more flexible locations.

“Some of the details of exactly where will be moving to are not yet confirmed and commercial discussions are underway in some cases. We will communicate with the local communities affected when we have the details.”

The new police and custody centres have been funded by a private finance initiative (PFI). PFI is method developed by the UK government, to provide financial support for public-private partnerships.

4:16pm

PCC Sue Mountstevens with AS Police Director of Finance Julian Kern

Yeovil Express:

4:13pm

Yeovil Express:  Mercury photographer Jeff Searle checks out the cells at Bridgwater Police Centre... he swears he hasn't done anything

4:09pm

Yeovil Express:  The cells in the custody unit

3:58pm

Yeovil Express:  Mercury photographer Jeff Searle in a cell

3:45pm

Yeovil Express: How many cameras?

3:41pm

Might be sharing with the fore station facilities in Burnham, as an option

3:36pm

Burnham police station will close and a new station will open nearby.  A new Burnham police station will open with an enquiry office and local policing base. There is potential for a co-location with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, subject to funding.

3:19pm

Local policing team will be based in SDC offices with a small enquiry service staffed by the council.

Council will deal with smaller enquiries 

3:17pm

The current Bridgwater Police Station will close and move to the new Police Centre, with a presence at Sedgemoor District Council's offices

3:14pm

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3:11pm

Mercury reporter Kirsty James and photographer Jeff Searle are at the new police centre in Bridgwater 

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3:35pm Mon 28 Apr 14

twinkles says...

Hahaha!! Looks like a prison inside! :)
Hahaha!! Looks like a prison inside! :) twinkles
  • Score: 1

7:27pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Olires says...

There's plenty of space to fit Jeff in the cells I see LOL
There's plenty of space to fit Jeff in the cells I see LOL Olires
  • Score: -1

7:41pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Minehead Snapper says...

For his years of impersonating a photographer Jeff should be locked up !!
For his years of impersonating a photographer Jeff should be locked up !! Minehead Snapper
  • Score: 1

11:19pm Mon 28 Apr 14

bridgyt@ says...

it's new
it's in bridgwater
it's nearly complete
quite where it is ?
and when it will open ?
is a mystery...
it's new it's in bridgwater it's nearly complete quite where it is ? and when it will open ? is a mystery... bridgyt@
  • Score: 3

7:13am Tue 29 Apr 14

FreeSpeech? says...

Pity they've shut Bridgwater Magistrate Court as the prisoners will now need transporting to Taunton or WSM.
Pity they've shut Bridgwater Magistrate Court as the prisoners will now need transporting to Taunton or WSM. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 6

11:53pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Rusty Hinge says...

What do you make of this Daddy-O?. Not the sort of place the Kiddy especially wants to go to. Are you any kind of decent parent? - maybe you should have nipped it in the bud whe there was still a chance.
What do you make of this Daddy-O?. Not the sort of place the Kiddy especially wants to go to. Are you any kind of decent parent? - maybe you should have nipped it in the bud whe there was still a chance. Rusty Hinge
  • Score: 3

6:23pm Thu 1 May 14

bridgyt@ says...

feedback is always enlightening...
feedback is always enlightening... bridgyt@
  • Score: 3

12:02am Fri 2 May 14

Old Phucker says...

Rusty Hinge wrote:
What do you make of this Daddy-O?. Not the sort of place the Kiddy especially wants to go to. Are you any kind of decent parent? - maybe you should have nipped it in the bud whe there was still a chance.
What in phuck"s name is going on in and around Western Toyland nowadays?. Who are the squealers we have read about, and what have they been squealing?. If you live in Western Toyland, do you know the answers?. Why not get on here and share it with us all.
[quote][p][bold]Rusty Hinge[/bold] wrote: What do you make of this Daddy-O?. Not the sort of place the Kiddy especially wants to go to. Are you any kind of decent parent? - maybe you should have nipped it in the bud whe there was still a chance.[/p][/quote]What in phuck"s name is going on in and around Western Toyland nowadays?. Who are the squealers we have read about, and what have they been squealing?. If you live in Western Toyland, do you know the answers?. Why not get on here and share it with us all. Old Phucker
  • Score: 7

11:07pm Fri 2 May 14

Reaping the Whirlwind says...

Many Western Toylanders may be unaware of what exactly is going on in their midst. However, when the local criminals attack an innocent victim in some manner, they will quickly seek to negate any local public support for that victim, by using their extensive scrote support network to spread malicious lies and slanders, for example that the victim is a paedophile, or a thief. Occasionally, when the victims of these criminals discover what has been happening, they resort to the oldest mechanism known to mankind, and tragedy ensues. In these cases, the best course of action open to the perpetrators of these slanders is to rapidly unsay everything they have said, before the victims of their pernicious slaners and defamations respond. Edwin Blyter"s fictitious works, "The Adventures of Mr Blobby in Western Toyland" and "The Mystery of the Levels" were indicators of this type of vicious criminal behaviour, but most of us have never been able to read a full version.
Many Western Toylanders may be unaware of what exactly is going on in their midst. However, when the local criminals attack an innocent victim in some manner, they will quickly seek to negate any local public support for that victim, by using their extensive scrote support network to spread malicious lies and slanders, for example that the victim is a paedophile, or a thief. Occasionally, when the victims of these criminals discover what has been happening, they resort to the oldest mechanism known to mankind, and tragedy ensues. In these cases, the best course of action open to the perpetrators of these slanders is to rapidly unsay everything they have said, before the victims of their pernicious slaners and defamations respond. Edwin Blyter"s fictitious works, "The Adventures of Mr Blobby in Western Toyland" and "The Mystery of the Levels" were indicators of this type of vicious criminal behaviour, but most of us have never been able to read a full version. Reaping the Whirlwind
  • Score: 6

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