The purchase of land for a new custody and investigation centre for the north of the county has been given the go ahead by the police and crime commissioner.
Adam Simmonds has authorised the purchase of a 2.4 acre site at North Kettering Business Park in Rockingham Road, Kettering, after recommendations made by the Chief Constable Adrian Lee about how most effectively to meet the need to provide the best service to county residents and to support the operational needs of the force.
The new police investigation centre will provide upgraded custody and investigation facilities, and the custody suites at Corby and Kettering police stations, which are no longer fit for purpose and do not meet current Home office standards or safer detention guidelines, will no longer be used.
Mr Simmonds said: “This is an important investment for policing in Northamptonshire and will bring our custody facilities right 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 greater efficiency and better use of resources, as well as open up further opportunities for closer partnership working.”
Chief Constable Lee added: “The police investigation centre will bring the facilities in the north of the county in line with those now offered by the Criminal Justice Centre in Northampton, and will ensure we have the facilities and processes that best meet the needs of those we detain, many of whom are vulnerable, as well as providing an improved working environment for the officers and staff who work there.”
The Criminal Justice Centre, which opened in September 2012, was the first phase of the project to update and upgrade the county’s custody facilities.
It replaced Campbell Square, Weston Favell and Wellingborough custody suites and provides a 40-cell custody suite and office accommodation.
The Police Investigation Centre is the second phase of the two-centre model and will provide a 20-cell custody suite.
Planning permission for the new centre was granted at a planning meeting of Kettering Council on February 7.