Cleveland Police Officers and staff have begun operations from a brand new building in the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland designed for 21st Century policing.
Old stations at Redcar and South Bank will eventually close with the switch to the new district headquarters - a purpose-built complex on Kirkleatham Business Park.
The move is part of a £38million project that will also include a major police headquarters at Middlesbrough. Work there is in the final stages.
The Business Park development will replace Redcar’s 24-hour front desk service but the new HQ has much improved facilities for the public. A privacy screen will ensure that people wanting to discuss matters in private at the front desk will not be overheard.
Other facilities on the site include six cells, monitored by CCTV for safety and security reasons; a lecture theatre for training and even a dedicated major incident suite.
District Commander Supt Ian Richards said: “We have facilities here that in the past we could only dream about. This building allows us to bring virtually everybody under one roof.
“The latest technology has been incorporated in the design which gives us among many other things a video link room and electronic pads in the custody suite which can be signed by prisoners doing away with a lot of paper.”
He added: “The buildings in South Bank and Redcar that are to close have served us well in the past, but this is the face of the future and new Town Police Offices will ensure we retain a police presence in our communities.””
From Monday December 11th a new South Bank Office, on Normanby Road at the junction with Hampden Street, will open to the public and from December 18 the new Redcar Town Office, next to the old police station will also open.
Both these buildings will continue to provide a front desk service to the public. The opening times for these buildings will be published in due course.
The postal addresses for the new buildings are as follows:-
1. Redcar & Cleveland HQ
Kirkleatham Business Park
2. Redcar Town Office
3. South Bank Town Office
2 Hampden Street