Published on Wednesday, 6th April 2016

 

The Police and Crime Commissioner intends to close most of Hampshire’s police stations. His vision is to have three giant Police Investigation Centres (PICs) carrying out detective work and case handling, while community police would be scattered around other public sector buildings throughout the county. The PICs would also house people who have been arrested.

 

Two PICs have been created so far: one in Southampton and another in Basingstoke. The third will be in thePortsmoutharea. Simon Hayes had been considering a site in the Broadmarsh area of Havant, but is now reported to be working towards a site in Portsmouth itself. The problem of course is that few large parcels of land are available.

 

As far as the community police is concerned, things are now a lot clearer. A large team will be based in Southsea fire station and another will join the council and Solent NHS in Medina House in Cosham. Both buildings are currently being refurbished, with work on the fire station only having started on Monday.

 

The police also intend to move into space to the rear of the Civic Offices. This area has its own entrance and takes in an area that has been used for document storage. If more space is needed later, there is room and there is nothing to prevent twenty-four hour opening if that is how the police wish to operate.

 

Clearly it is in the city’s interest that one of the PICs is located within its boundaries and the council is encouraging that. As for the community policing, there is a logic in making better use of existing buildings and from the council’s perspective, welcoming in the police is the right thing to do.

 

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