A £6m custody and investigation centre could be opened in Kettering by 2015.
Northamptonshire Police want the 20-cell building to replace cells at Kettering and Corby police stations, which the force says are no longer fit for purpose and do not meet current Home Office standards or Safer Detention guidelines.
Kettering councillors will decide next month whether to grant the centre – which is proposed for the North Kettering Business Park, off the A6003 Rockingham Road – planning permission.
PCC Adam Simmonds said the centre would play an important role.
He said: “The Police Investigation Centre is a significant investment for Northamptonshire Police and part of my commitment to modernising the Force’s estate in line with 21st century policing needs.
“Together with the Criminal Justice Centre in Northampton, it will bring our custody and investigation facilities right up to date as well as open up more opportunities for closer partnership working.
Chief Constable Adrian Lee added: “The new 20-cell centre will bring the facilities in the north of the county in line with those now offered by the Criminal Justice Centre. It will provide the very best environment for our officers and staff, together with custody and investigation facilities that best meet the needs of those we arrest and detain, many of whom are vulnerable.”
The plans will be put before Kettering Borough Council in November 2013 and, if planning permission is granted, the purchase of the land will be finalised, with the aim of completing the building by spring 2015.
Neighbouring businesses will be given the opportunity to comment on the proposals over the next few weeks. More information can be found here.