Havant’s police station to be sold off to save money

END OF THE ROAD Havant police station site will be sold off
END OF THE ROAD Havant police station site will be sold off
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HAVANT’S police station will be sold off and officers will move into the council offices.

Hampshire Constabulary plans to sell off the station, built in 1964, as part of its money-saving drive amid cuts to government funding.

Simon Hayes, police and crime commissioner, said the measure was the only way to protect front-line neighbourhood policing.

He told The News: ‘To use money to maintain expensive, inefficient buildings is not what policing is about.

‘This is the beginning of the future of policing. We want to maintain police in neighbourhoods.

‘The neighhourhood police officers and PCSOs are currently working out of Havant police station and they will work from The Plaza. Havant Plaza will be the police station.’

Havant Neighbourhood Police Office could open as early as this autumn, but Mr Hayes said it may take a couple of years to sell the police station site in Civic Centre Road.

Waterlooville police station, in Swiss Road, will remain, he said.

Hayling Island’s police officers will be moving to Hayling library, in Elm Grove.

Neighhourhood police for Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle will be based from a partnership building in Petersfield.

Blue light cars for emergency calls will be mobile and not specific to one location.

Serious crimes will be investigated from other sites, including a new police investigation centre in north Portsmouth.

Mr Hayes added: ‘A lot of police services up and down the country are stopping neighbourhood policing. I don’t want that to happen in Havant.’