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Police open new beat office in Northam area of Southampton
7:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
HAMPSHIRE Constabulary has defied force cutbacks to open a beat office in Southampton.
People in the Northam area will be reassured by the presence of the new centre in Graham Street, which has opened today.
It comes after the constabulary invested around £10,000 to fit out the building, including the installation of an IT system, while funding has been secured to maintain the facility for three years.
Cutbacks forced the closure of some police stations across the county, culminating in the opening of a beat office to cover the area.
But this new beat office in Northam, which used to be the former Northam housing office, has been installed in addition to police stations already open in Southampton.
The facility will open at 2pm and chief constable Andy Marsh is expected to attend.
Southampton West Chief Inspector Charlie Rimmer said “Having this new police beat office, allows my officers to be based in the heart of the community they serve.
“As a local office, the Safer Neighbourhood Teams can spend more time in their area meeting the needs of the community.
“It’s a really positive initiative which we have been working on for some time. We would like to thank Southampton City Council which owns the building, for making the space available, getting this facility open and keeping costs to a minimum.
“Officers working from the office will be able to complete any paperwork from there and then quickly return back out on the beat.
“The office will not be permanently staffed, but residents will be able to drop in to the office for regular beat surgeries; details of which will be advertised locally and via the internet and social media.
“The office will also be utilised to facilitate local community and partnership meetings.
“This is a really positive step as we continue to build stronger links with the community, enhance our presence, and ultimately help reduce crime even further in the area.”
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