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A NEW police building in Portsmouth was top of the agenda on crime commissioner Simon Hayes’ visit to the city.

He met city council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson for their second quarterly meeting.

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Police and Crime Commisssioner, Simon Hayes. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13750-080)

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Police and Crime Commisssioner, Simon Hayes. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (13750-080)

It allowed them to talk about their future plans for the city and how they can work together.

They discussed topics including the site for a new police investigation centre.

The building will have three or four floors which will be for police work and 35 or 36 cells.

A location has not yet been confirmed.

Mr Hayes said: ‘As well as this being a general meeting, we wanted to also discuss the estate strategy which I announced last week.

‘We want to build a police investigation centre in which there will be a custody suite and three or four floors of police officers and support staff.

‘We’ve been discussing that and looking for a site in the Portsmouth area, but we do not have any specific ideas yet.’

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said the site needs to be easy to get to.

He said: ‘We will work very hard together because the site will not just be serving Portsmouth but other places this end of the county.

‘It needs to be a place people can get to so we will keep working on that.’

The pair also discussed other matters at the meeting including police presence at events.

Cllr Vernon Jackson added: ‘I have had people voice their concerns to me about police presence at city events and the costs that come with it.

‘With things like Southsea Fest, we need to make sure things can continue and happen without huge police costs.’

Mr Hayes also visited the University of Portsmouth to speak to PC Mark Walsh about youth offenders and how to prevent them.

They also spoke about the possibility of city youth courts.

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