Michael Lane has today announced that he has entered into a lease agreement for a site on the Merlin Park Development off Airport Service Road that will enable the construction of a new Police Investigation Centre to serve the east of the county.
Due to open from spring 2019, this site will keep policing within the boundaries of Portsmouth, and will retain the Neighbourhood and Response & Patrol teams in the heart of the city.
The site has excellent transport links and provides operational effectiveness, as confirmed by Hampshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney.
The new Centre will integrate an investigation hub and custody suite, to drive more efficient work with and investigation of detainees, allowing the return of arresting officers to active policing of the community more quickly.
Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am delighted to confirm that we have concluded negotiations with the owners to take a lease on this site. This is really good news for the community, operational policing and Portsmouth generally.
“It delivers on my promise to give this project my focus and priority and it will support my objective to keep us safer. I am delighted we are making progress after a long and frustrating wait.
“I have spoken to Cllr Donna Jones, and I look forward to working with Portsmouth City Council and their planning department to obtain the necessary consents subject to normal due diligence, quickly enabling us to build the new Centre on this site.”
Portsmouth Central and Fareham Police Stations will be retained until the new police centre is operational in 2019, and the investigative functions at Fratton and Havant police stations will also move to the new site. The Eastern Police Investigation Centre will serve the areas of Portsmouth, Fareham, Waterlooville, Havant and Hayling Island.
The Commissioner’s Estate Strategy retains police officers in bases within the communities they serve through the redevelopment of the estate supporting effective delivery of modern policing now and into the future.