PCC Vera Baird and Cllr Harry Trueman officially open new Sunderland police premises
18 Mar 2016 15:00 PM[View Full Size]
A new Sunderland Central police front office in Waterloo Place has been officially opened by special guests Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird and Cllr Harry Trueman, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council.
The new base will provide residents and visitors with a police service at the heart of the city centre where they can seek help and advice 24 hours a day. Members of the public can call in to report a crime, ask for crime prevention advice, or arrange to meet an officer to discuss any local policing issues.
The move is part of a series of office re-locations ensuring officers are based closer to the communities they serve.
The official opening of Waterloo Place was marked by a ribbon cutting with PCC Vera Baird, together with Julie Elliott MP, Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Chair of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, Councillor Harry Trueman and Temporary Chief Superintendent Ged Noble.
Vera Baird, said: "This move demonstrates my commitment to ensuring our neighbourhood officers are fully accessible and closer to the communities they serve. We have made it easier for residents in Sunderland to seek police assistance, our new central location is more accessible and in the heart of the community. All savings made have been reinvested back in to policing."
Assistant Chief Constable Jo Farrell, said: "This move will make a real difference, bringing officers into closer contact with the community they serve which is a big benefit for Sunderland residents."