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Local people invited to visit the new police centres


Express Park - Bridgwater

Residents in Bridgwater, Keynsham, Patchway and the surrounding areas are being invited to have a look around custody at the three new police centres, ahead of their opening next month.

The new police centres will enable us to centralise our custody service, housing a total of 132 cells for detainees across the Avon and Somerset area. The centralised centres will enable us to improve the way we manage detained people, so more police officers can be back on the street on patrol where we need them, solving crime and protecting communities.

They will also provide larger, more flexible spaces for the 1000 staff based across the three centres in a variety of support functions and increase the potential for integrated working with our partners.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “This is a unique opportunity to open the doors to our new state-of-the-art police centres for local residents to see. Once these buildings are operational it will be impossible to go behind the scenes like this so I would encourage all those who are interested in policing to book a tour.

“We are very pleased with the new police centres and the significant difference it will make for the Constabulary’s staff and processes. I hope that local people use these visits to see first-hand the difference these new police centres will make for modern-day policing.”

Assistant Chief Constable Kay Wozniak said: “Our new police centres will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week so once they are fully open next month it will be impossible to allow the general public to tour the facilities.

“This short gap between us taking on the buildings and them being fully functional, means we have a rare opportunity to let people have a look around behind the scenes and see, in particular, how we take care of detained people.

“It is wonderful to be able to offer local communities a unique insight into the activities behind these new police buildings. We hope they take this opportunity to book a place on one of our tours.”

The ticketed events will be at:



Times Available

Tuesday 26th August

Keynsham Police   Centre, Ashmead Road, Keynsham

4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm,   8pm

Wednesday 3rd September

Bridgwater Police   Centre, Express Park, Bridgwater

4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm,   8pm

Thursday 4th September

Patchway Police   Centre, Gloucester Road, Bristol

4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm,   8pm

As they are operational buildings, the free events will be ticketed and limited to 200 tickets for each site. Each tour will last a maximum of one hour. Tickets will be available on the dedicated websites from 8.30am on Wednesday 20th August and will be released on a first come first served basis.

Please select which police centre you would like to visit and book using the website for that event. The links are:

Due to the limited nature of this event booking will only be available through the dedicated websites. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but the limited availability would have been impossible to manage fairly using any other format.



Posted on Wednesday 13th August 2014
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