Police officers temporarily relocate to Redditch shopping centre
Redditch-based police officers have now relocated to a temporary police station in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre, following a fast-turnaround project delivered by Speller Metcalfe.
Whilst the brand-new Redditch police and fire combined hub is being built on Middle House Lane, officers have moved into the shopping centre to ensure visibility is maintained in the community and policing can be kept at the heart of Redditch.
PCC John Campion, as custodian of the police estate, has worked with West Mercia Police to ensure the needs of the community are met, and that the temporary station has the facilities officers and staff need to carry out their roles effectively.
Whilst the temporary station doesn’t have a front counter, members of the public will still be able to contact their local officers by making appointments or using the new digital kiosks that are positioned outside.
People can also report crimes and contact their local policing team via the West Mercia Police website.
PCC John Campion said: “I am pleased to see that all police officers and staff have now moved into the temporary station. I hope communities will feel the benefits of having their local policing team in the heart of the town.
I am grateful to my estates team and contractors Speller Metcalfe for ensuring the retail space is suitable for supporting West Mercia Police’s operational needs.”
Superintendent Mel Paley, North Worcestershire LPA Commander, said: “It’s key that we maintain our visible policing presence in Redditch town centre while our new shared hub is being built.
“I’m confident this temporary station has the facilities officers and staff need to enable us to continue this important role in our community.”
It is anticipated that officers will be based at the centre until October 2024.