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Police happy with move into new base in ‘heart of the community’

4th June 2013 Nottingham Evening Post, Police Alerts, Update & Messages. Tags: , , 0 Comments

POLICE have finished setting up their new base in a community centre.

Officers in Stapleford left their former station in Toton Lane in March and have now settled into the Meeting Place in Nottingham Road.

Jenny Salt, co-founder of the Meeting Place, said: “It is really reassuring and we have had more people coming to our community centre since the police moved in.

“We have always been positive about the move and after a few months it is going really well.

“Officers now attend some of our meetings which helps local residents communicate with them.

“We both work to help the community so it makes a lot of sense us being the same building.”

Notts Police is in the process of saving £42.3 million by 2015, which includes the closure of 15 stations and cuts to front counter services.

Although the Stapleford station closure was part of the savings, it is claimed the new more central location is better for everyone.

Police sergeant Yvette Saunders said: “Being based at the Meeting Place puts us in the heart of the community.

“Lots of activities go on at the community centre and so people can just pop by to have a chat with us where possible, without going too far out of their way.

“The easiest way to get hold of any of the team is on their mobile phones.

“Our numbers are posted on the information board outside, along with lots of other information about our policing in the community.

“Our PCSOs also hold regular beat surgeries at the Meeting Place.

“These are also advertised on the website and the board outside to give people the opportunity to have a chat, over a cup of coffee, with any concerns they may have.”

Dan Russell
Nottingham Post

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