Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today thanked the Liverpool BID Company and the St Johns Centre for five years of support following confirmation that the shopping centre Cop Shop will close its doors today before relocating to a new venue.
The St Johns ‘Cop Shop’ was the UK’s first privately-funded city centre police station when it opened in 2011, in a unique partnership agreement between Merseyside Police, St Johns Centre and the Liverpool BID Company.
The St Johns ‘Cop Shop’ will close for the last time today (Friday 13th January) before moving to a new city centre location. The city centre’s neighbourhood team will continue to patrol the city centre, supported by the BID Company who will continue to deliver an enhanced police provision in the city centre through its agreement with the Force to fund two dedicated city centre police officers, who are based in the organisation’s Lord Street offices.
Discussions are well underway for a new home for a city centre hub for Merseyside Police and an announcement on its location is expected in the coming months. In the meantime, a mobile police station will be regularly located within the city centre.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I would like to thank the Liverpool BID Company and the St Johns Shopping Centre for their support for this city centre policing initiative over the last five years. Over those years, the St Johns Cop Shop has been a real asset, helping to strengthen the Force’s relationship with local businesses and the BID’s members and these are now really well-established.
“The funding for the ‘Cop Shop’ was always additional to the Force’s budget and we are pleased that, as part of this partnership work, the BID will continue to provide extra funding to keep two additional officers on the beat around the city centre.
“Shoppers in and around the St Johns Centre will still see a regular police presence in the area through the mobile police station and other high visibility patrolling by the city centre’s neighbourhood team.
“Discussions have been on-going for the last few months about an alternative location for the Cop Shop and I expect to be able to make an announcement soon about where its new home will be within the city centre.”
Liverpool BID Company’s Head of Operations Shaun Holland said: “We have been delighted to support Merseyside Police by funding the Cop Shop since 2011. Since that time we have continued to listen to what our BID members want from us to improve safety in the city centre.
“We have learnt from the Cop Shop that officers’ visibility is key to ensuring a safe and welcoming city centre. As a result we have funded two seconded police officers working to improve the safety of people visiting and working in our world-class city. These officers operate from our offices in Lord Street, giving a more accountable and direct response to city centre issues.”
To contact Merseyside Police please call 101 or in an emergency always call 999. Information can also be provided anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.