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Harrogate police to move out of town centre base at Craven Lodge

Harrogate police to move out of town centre base at Craven Lodge

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 8:15am 5th March 2020.

From next month, anyone wanting to speak to officers face-to-face will need to go to the main police station at Beckwith Head.

  • Harrogate's town centre police station at Craven Lodge is closing it's doors.
  • The force say only a 'very small number' of members of the public go there to speak to them.
  • From April, you'll have to go to Beckwith Head police station to see officers face-to-face, or attend a weekly drop-in session on Friday mornings at Harrogate Library.

North Yorkshire Police are closing their current base in Harrogate town centre at Craven Lodge.

Local neighbourhood teams will be moving in with firefighters at Harrogate Fire Station, but this base will not be open to the public.

Anyone wanting to speak to officers face-to-face will have to go to the town's main police station at Beckwith Head from next month.

The force say most people already do that anyway, with only a 'very small number of people' going to Craven Lodge.

In addition, there'll also be a new regular drop-in session to speak to officers at Harrogate Library every Friday morning.

 

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The entrance to Harrogate's main police station at Beckwith Head. Picture courtesy of Google Street View

 

The force promise there will be no impact on the level of policing in the town with the same officers servicing their communities as now.

The team can also be contacted by email for any enquiries or concerns at Harrogate.Town@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. 

They also say new mobile technology being rolled out means officers effectively have 'a police station in their pocket', reducing the need for a physical base in 'expensive' buildings, which they say don't demonstrate value for money.

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner said:

“This decision is another example of the importance of ensuring we use new partnerships and technology to deliver the best possible service to keep people safe and feeling safe across Harrogate and beyond. 

“New ways of working mean officers are able to spend more time visible and accessible on the streets rather than having to work in buildings that are not fit for purpose and do not provide taxpayers value for money. 

“I am also pleased to see the police introduce a regular drop in session right in the heart of the community - a welcome development that has been made possible by new mobile technology. And of course keeping the levels of policing the same will ensure officers and PCSOs are even more visible across Harrogate in the future.”

 

Main picture courtesy of Google Street View