Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is asking people living in Garston to tell her if they would like to see their new Community Police Station co-located with health services in the Garston Walk-in Centre.
Jane Kennedy is proposing to locate a new, accessible Community Police Station in the South Liverpool NHS Walk-in Centre on Church Road to replace Garston’s existing police station on Heald Street, which was built in 1890 and is the joint oldest building in the Merseyside Police estate. It has been closed to the public since 2012.
The move would see Garston’s local neighbourhood policing team located inside the purpose built £13.8 medical centre, which opened in 2011 in place of the Sir Alfred Jones Memorial Hospital and offers a range of services from walk-in appointments to blood tests, physiotherapy, sexual health services and X-rays.
The proposals are part of the Commissioner’s 10-year investment plan to modernise Merseyside Police’s stations and facilities in order to reduce the annual running costs of the estate by £2.5m a year, money which can be redirected straight into frontline policing.
At the heart of the proposal is the creation of a network of modern, fit for purpose Community Police Stations across Merseyside, where neighbourhood police officers and PCSO’s would have a local base in a busy local hub alongside other activities.
Since 2014 the Commissioner has been working with Merseyside Police’s estates and facilities team to identify appropriate venues for these new stations.
Now the Commissioner wants to see if local people agree that the South Liverpool Walk-in Medical Centre would be the best location for their new Community Police Station, which would be the first to open its doors in Liverpool.
Jane said: “People across Merseyside overwhelmingly gave me their support for my proposals to improve Merseyside Police’s stations and make them more accessible to the public.
“The walk-in centre in Garston would be an outstanding location for a new Community Police Station. It is centrally located and clearly well used by the community. It would enable the local policing team to be co-located with healthcare professionals in a well-used, accessible facility.
“But I want to hear the views of local people and see if they agree. It is vital we put these Community Police Stations in the best place for the people they serve so I really want to know if we’ve got it right.”
Community Police Stations are designed to be smaller in size, but accessible and visible bases which will enable neighbourhood officers and PCSOs to work in the heart of the communities they serve. They will be opened on a regular, but not continuous basis and will include public meeting rooms and facilities from which officers can parade on. They will not house any custody suites or cells.
If you have a view, please get in touch before Sunday 23rd September by emailing [email protected]
Alternatively, you can write to:
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner,
Wavertree Road Police Station,
Image courtesy of Community Health Partnerships