New police base at Selsey Town Hall

01/02/2018

Officers and PCSOs are now working from Selsey Town Hall, in the heart of the community.

Officially opening the base on Friday, February 2 were Chief Constable Giles York, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, Chichester District Commander Kris Ottery, MP Gillian Keegan, Town Hall Clerk Becky White and local VIPs from partner agencies and local government.

Sussex Police has worked in partnership with Selsey Town Council to share space within their town hall. This is in keeping with the drive to keep communities safe and feeling safe by providing a local policing base where officers can work from when needed.

Though this facility isn’t a public contact point there is a yellow phone located outside the town hall for people to contact police to report incidents.

Sussex Police Crime and Commissioner, Katy Bourne said: "I welcome this move by Sussex Police to offer a new base for officers and PCSOs to work from in Selsey’s town hall in the High Street.

“Residents regularly tell me that they really do appreciate seeing a police presence in their area, and feel reassured to know that officers are still working in the heart of their community.

"We are still investing in new technology and online services so staff and officers can access information remotely or on patrol as well as offering them the most suitable and convenient location to meet their needs.

“While we are increasingly moving into the age of the ‘digital police beat’, Sussex Police recognises that the public and partners still need to see officers regularly, so it makes economic and logistical sense to base officers in shared premises which the public are already familiar with.”

Chief Constable Giles York, said: “This new facility allows us to continue to modernise the way we work by encouraging agile working and enabling our teams to work more flexibly within the community and not tied to one location. Our officers and PCSOs are equipped with technology that provides the means for them to be able to spend more time in heart of the community.

“By providing the right police presence in the right location, we can make policing teams more visible and can work in the same buildings as partners to make it easier to work together and share information.

We worked with Selsey Town Council to secure the use of a room within their town hall to become a local policing base for our officers and PCSOs to use when they are in the area.”

Becky White, Selsey Town Hall Clerk, said “Over the last 10 years Selsey Town Council has undertaken many consultations on different issues including the Town Survey, the Neighbourhood Plan and our current Business Plan 2016-19. As a result we know that the retention of a Sussex Police presence in the town is something that is a priority for our residents, with 92 per cent of respondents supporting this as a key objective in the business plan.  In meeting our residents’ needs, we are very pleased to have worked with Sussex Police in its move into the town hall complex and to have safeguarded a police presence in the town for the benefit of all.”

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