Police officers in Rothbury have relocated to a new community base ensuring the area maintains a consistent policing presence.
The current station’s contract came to an end on March 31 and this move ensures officers remain in Rothbury and provide them with a strong community base which will benefit the public as well as officers.
The new office, which was officially unveiled this week, is down the street from the old station in Church House on Church Street. The building belongs to the Northumberland National Park and offers a fantastic platform to engage with the public and to continue to police the area.
The move will see no change in how the area is policed and the neighbourhood policing team will continue to patrol and operate in the community. The emergency phone service will also continue to be provided and will be moved over to the new building.
Chief Superintendent Janice Hutton, Northern Area Commander, said how important it is to keep a police presence in the area and highlights Northumbria Police’s commitment to rural communities.
She said: “The Northumberland National Park office provides a fantastic opportunity for officers to engage with the community in Rothbury.
“I want to make it clear to the public that this change does not affect our commitment and dedication to the communities we serve. Neighbourhood policing is a top priority for us and we will continue to do everything we can to deliver an outstanding service.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, said: “The contract of the old police premises came to an end however, we have been able to secure a new base down the street which enables officers to remain in the community and continue to be a constant presence to the public.”
Director of Park Management at Northumberland National Park, Pauline Wall, said: “We are pleased to welcome Northumbria Police to Church House. Northumbria Police join Forest England in what has become a new business hub within the Northumberland National Park. We are delighted to provide space for public services to retain a presence in the town, alongside Northumberland National Park’s existing Rothbury office.”
Local Neighbourhood Policing Teams can be contacted on 101, by dropping into your local station or via the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk