Leeds’ neighbourhood policing officers have found a new home with city centre bobbies moving from Millgarth Police Station to the new Leeds Central Police Station
Their new home, housed within the former Leeds Bridewell custody suite and next to Leeds Magistrates Court, has been redeveloped to match its new role and to make it accessible to the public.
Millgarth’s public enquiry counter has been closed and the counter at the new station will be open every day from 8am until 10pm.
City NPT officers are the last operational staff to leave Millgarth, which has been sold to Leeds City Council and will soon be demolished to make way for the new Victoria Gate development.
Ch Supt Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, said: “Millgarth has been earmarked for closure since planning began for our new purpose-built headquarters at Elland Road. Most of the building has lain unused since the move to Elland Road, which brought the majority of the district’s key departments together under one roof.
“Our neighbourhood teams remain firmly embedded in the communities they serve across the Leeds district and we felt it was important that the city team continues to be based in the heart of the city. We were also committed to keeping a public enquiry counter in the city centre with accessible opening hours.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson added: “Following the move to Elland Road it is important to retain a city centre base for neighbourhood policing officers. It is vital that members of the public have central access to the police in order to keep our communities safe and feeling safe, as well as providing increased visibility and ease of working for the City NPT which was always the intention.”
Date posted: August 14, 2014