Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, has today announced that the new joint-headquarters for Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will be at Cherry Hall Road, Kettering, from next year.
The site of the Northern Accommodation Hub, Police Investigation Centre and Learning and Development Centre – which are set to be completed in the summer – will replace the current headquarters at Wootton Hall, which was sold by the previous Police and Crime Commissioner.
Following the sale of the existing headquarters, the new PCC has been working with Chief Constable Simon Edens, Chief Fire Officer Darren Dovey and their teams to ensure the two services operate from modern facilities in suitable locations, to continue protecting people from harm.
And while the overall estates strategy is still in development, having reviewed Northamptonshire Police’s Service Delivery Model and discussed future estates requirements with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, Commissioner Mold has agreed with Chief Constable Simon Edens and Chief Fire Officer Dovey that the most effective location for the new joint-headquarters is that of the Cherry Hall Road site.
The Office of Police and Crime Commissioner will also operate from the new joint-headquarters, in order to continue the close working and collaboration between the emergency services in the County.
The first moves away from Wootton Hall will take place in late 2017 when staff and officers – including the Force and Fire Service Chief Officer teams and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) – move to the new buildings as part of the phased exit plan.
Stephen Mold, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire, said:
“The issue of where Northamptonshire Police operates from is one I inherited on my very first day as Police and Crime Commissioner and has resulted in detailed discussions between my team and the senior leaders of Northamptonshire Police.
“Having reviewed the developing Service Delivery Model for the Force, it is clear to me that as it stands, the most suitable location for our new Headquarters is that of the new buildings in Kettering.
“The Police estate has suffered from years of under-investment which means that many buildings – including Wootton Hall – are inefficient and expensive to maintain. It is therefore vital to equip our workforce with new facilities that will better serve the public, both from an operational and efficiency perspective. In the new facilities in Kettering, we have this.
“The Chief Constable and I are committed to delivering a safer Northamptonshire and protecting people from harm and will continue to develop the Force’s overall estates strategy while operating from our new base in the north.”
Simon Edens, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, added:
“The nature of policing is changing and it is important that as a Force, we adapt to these changes. We need to make sure we have the right type of accommodation, in the right places, to allow us to meet current and future needs so we can continue to protect people from harm and serve our communities.
“The building of the new facilities in Kettering is driven by operational demands and will ensure that Northamptonshire Police’s estate is fit for 21st century policing, which will enable us to be more efficient and more effective. I welcome the Police and Crime Commissioner’s help in delivering this and look forward to serving the County from our new base next year.”
“In the meantime there will be no disruption to any of our services whatsoever and I would like to reassure everyone that no matter where our headquarters is, we are committed to protecting people across the county from harm.”
Darren Dovey, Chief Fire Officer at Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, commented:
“The move into this new joint-headquarters will help us to continue to work closely with our Police and OPCC colleagues for the benefit of the people of the county.
“Sharing a headquarters fits perfectly with the joint estates strategy we are developing with the Police and Ambulance service, where we attempt to rationalise our estates while providing first class modern facilities for our staff to work.”