Police on hunt for new custody suite site

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Northamptonshire Police are on the hunt for a suitable site in the Kettering area for a new custody and investigation facility.

The force’s police and crime commissioner, Adam Simmonds, has given the green light to the force to design and construct the new centre – which would replace custody suites at Corby and Kettering Police Stations.

The police say that together with the new Criminal Justice Centre in Northampton, the proposed centre will ensure all the county’s custody facilities are compliant with Home Office guidelines and able to meet the needs of the county.

Mr Simmonds said: “This is a really important investment for policing in Northamptonshire which, together with the recently completed Criminal Justice Centre, will bring our custody facilities up to date and ensure we are able to meet the policing needs of the whole county for many years to come.

“Modernising the police estate is an important part of my police and crime plan and this investment will deliver increased efficiency and better use of resources, as well as open up further opportunities for closer partnership working.”

The CJC, which opened last September, was the first phase of the project to update and upgrade the county’s custody facilities.

The 40-cell custody suite replaced the facilities at Campbell Square, Weston Favell and Wellingborough.

A spokesman for the force said the police investigation centre is the second phase of the two-centre model.

It will provide a 20-cell custody suite, with an option for a further 10 cells, and will ensure custody facilities within the county will be fit for purpose for the next 50 years.

Chief Constable Adrian Lee added: “The investigation centre will bring the facilities in the north of the county in line with those now offered by the Criminal Justice Centre, ensuring we have the facilities and processes that best meet the needs of those we detain for any period of time, many of whom are vulnerable, as well as providing an improved working environment for the officers and staff who work there.”

The Force is currently searching for potential sites for the new centre in the Kettering area. It will report to the Commissioner before any contract is signed, for either the purchase of land or procurement of the design and construction.