POLICE chiefs say the opening of a new police office shows their commitment to cutting crime in a community.
In a ceremony attended by Hartlepool dignitaries, partner agencies and local councillors, the new Jutland Road police office was officially unveiled yesterday.
The force had an office only a few doors down from the new site, but decided to take over the run-down offices and refurbish them for £55,000 as they provide more space.
As well as a front desk in a large reception space, a conference suite, an interview room and computer facilities, there is also space for staff from partner agencies such as the probation service, Cleveland Fire Brigade and Housing Hartlepool.
Superintendent Glenn Gudgeon, of Hartlepool Police, said: “I think it’s great in such times when there’s economic challenges that we are able to provide such a fantastic resource for all.
“This is a place where people can engage with their officers and the neighbourhood teams.
“It really shows the local community that we are willing to invest in this area and how important it is to us.
“It is also important to thank the people who have got this building in such a fantastic state.”
Inspector Dave Toor, who overseas policing in the south of the town, added: “We have a good working relationship with partners and the local community in Jutland Road and this will add further to that.
“We are delighted to have this facility as we had outgrown the old building.”
The new Jutland Road office is based on the long-running success of the police office in the town’s York Road that sees partner agencies working alongside officers so information can be shared easier and quicker.
And after opening the Jutland Road office, the force is now looking to open an office in the north of the town.
Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “When you see what’s happened in York Road where everything has been integrated, it works and instills confidence in the local community.
“We want to replicate that across the town. It’s taken two years but we are here eventually and are still looking for premises in the north of the town.
“I look forward to seeing as much success here as in York Road.”