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St Albans police set to move into civic offices in St Peter’s Street
St Albans police station will be provided in the city's council offices.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd has agreed for the proposed relocation of St Albans Police Station to the Civic Centre in St Peter's Street, home of St Albans District Council.
Mr Lloyd has agreed to police renting space on the ground floor of the building and the police and council will now work together to finalise details.
This developments comes after it was announced the city’s police front desk would be closed in July, in a bid to save cash.
Mr Lloyd said: "This is a great example of how the police can work closely with local partners. It makes good business sense to share office space, make savings and continue to protect frontline services.
"Through this move we will maintain policing in the heart of the community; we are delighted to be sharing a building with one of our key partner agencies."
While Councillor Julian Daly, council leader said he very pleased that the police will be joining the council at the Civic Centre.
He said: "This move will be the latest in a series of changes that bring local services closer together for residents and help to save money for the taxpayer.
"Earlier this year both the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and the Centre for Voluntary Service moved to the Civic Centre joining other partners to provide a range of independent, confidential and impartial advice from one location."
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Anthony Rowlands also welcomed the news.
Councillor Rowlands said: "This is good news. It makes sense for the police to use vacant space in our civic offices. "What we now want is for the police to work with the district council to ensure that a front desk service is maintained.
"Many people want the option of being able to talk face to face to the police. Not everyone should be expected to go online or struggle with the constabulary's phone system.
"Full council voted unanimously in the summer to support the retention of a front desk service.
"Now that the use of our offices by the police has been confirmed, we very much hope the Commissioner will heed our request made on behalf of local residents."
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