New city centre police front office
29 Feb 2016 09:45 AM[View Full Size]
Northumbria Police has a new Sunderland city centre premises open to the public.
The front office facility has moved to Unit 7, at 24 Waterloo Place, in Sunderland on Monday, February 29.
The new office is open 24 hours a day, the same as the old station, and members of the public can call in to report a crime or ask an officer for crime prevention advice.
Temporary Chief Superintendent Ged Noble said: "This new police base ensures we maintain a highly visible police presence in the city centre, with staff close to the communities they serve, including the busy Bridges retail centre and the city's night time economy bars and clubs, this is a priority for the force.
"The neighbourhood team are looking forward to building even stronger links with residents, visitors and businesses alike, please do stop and speak to an officer when you see them on patrol in our city centre."
The City Council has taken over the premises at Gillbridge as part of their dynamic plans for that whole area.
Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Chair of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, Councillor Harry Trueman said: "The City Council works very closely with Northumbria Police in promoting community safety and preventing crime. This new city centre base is ensuring a continuing police presence at the very heart of our community. The council is currently finalising its acquisition of the Gillbridge station site as part of its comprehensive and on-going scheme of improvements to the city centre. As well as development opportunities linked to Keel Square and Vaux, plans for the site include a new access road to help open up the Minster Quarter Area, improve traffic movements and assist with further regeneration."