Police in south Suffolk are set to leave their base in Clare and move to Haverhill Police Station eight miles away.
The St Edmundsbury Rural South Safer Neighbourhood Team will leave their base in Harp Lane in Clare on Tuesday July 14 after the lease on the building expired.
Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore and Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson attended the recent Clare town council meeting to assure members the response from officers will be exactly the same, but instead of working from the Harp Lane base, the team will stage a drop-in session at Clare Fire Station every Tuesday from 10am until midday.
Tim Passmore said, “Earlier this year I attended the town council meeting with Gareth Wilson and I pledged to find a solution and are pleased, with the support of Suffolk Fire and Rescue we will be able to keep a policing base in the town.
“I’m sure everyone will agree that enabling the SNT to use Fire Station is a practical and value for money solution.
He added, “Regardless of where the officers are based, I can assure residents of Clare and the surrounding area that the Constabulary will maintain its local police presence at the existing levels for the foreseeable future in spite of the reductions in posts at county policing command, and that they will see no change in the policing services they currently receive.”
Gareth Wilson, Temporary Chief Constable said, “We are very grateful to the support of our colleagues in the Fire Service in this issue. This is another excellent example of public services working together to provide the very best service possible to the people of Suffolk.
“Work is now underway as part of the Suffolk Local Policing Review to identify how we can re-design policing across the county to be the most efficient we can, whilst protecting our high levels of service.”
In addition to the weekly drop-in session a police phone point is being set up on the wall at Clare Fire Station so that anyone without a phone/mobile can contact their SNT at other times.
The SNT comprises a sergeant, two police officers, three PCSOs and a Special Constable.