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Stations and custody suites - 263/19

Date Responded 28 February 2019

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

1) How many police stations have been:

a) Permanently closed and/or mothballed

b) Opened

…in your force area since 2010.

NB: Please provide the data in calendar years up to the end of 2018?

We are using the Metropolitan Police definition of ‘police station’ which is an operational building that has a front counter.

2) How many custody suites have been:

a) Permanently closed and/or mothballed

b) Opened

…in your force area since 2010.

NB: Please provide the data in calendar years as above.

3) How many custody cells have been:

a) Permanently closed and/or mothballed

b) Opened

…in your force area since 2010.

NB: Please provide the data in calendar years as above.

4) What was the net loss or gain to the force in terms of the overall number of custody cells since 2010?

 

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Estates Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

Police Stations (Metropolitan Police definition - operational building that has a front counter)

 

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Opened

0

0

0

+1

+3

+6

+1

+1

Closed

0

0

0

-1

-3

-6

-1

-1

Net Change

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

Northumbria Police has successfully rationalised its estate by selling off old and inefficient police stations and replacing them with more economical to run properties which are often shared with partners. Northumbria Police has replaced every building that has been closed with another property in the heart of the communities which are served by the Force.

Custody Suites

2010                    13 custody suites available                       10 permanently open, 3 when demand dictated

2011                    13 custody suites available                       10 permanently open, 3 when demand dictated

2012                    13 custody suites available                       10 permanently open, 3 when demand dictated

2013                    12 custody suites available                        9  permanently open, 3 when demand dictated

2014                    10 custody suites available                        7  permanently open, 3 when demand dictated

2015                      9 custody suites available                        6  permanently open, 3 when demand dictated

2016                      9 custody suites available                        6  permanently open, 3 when demand dictated

2017                      9 custody suites available                        6  permanently open, 3 when demand dictated

2018                      7 custody suites available                        3  permanently open, 4 when demand dictated

2019                      7 custody suites available                        3  permanently open, 4 when demand dictates

Cell space

2010                    223

2011                    223

2012                    223

2013                    215

2014                    210

2015                    208

2016                    208

2017                    196

2018                    184

2019                    184

Nett loss of 39 cells since 2010.

 

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