Boscombe Policing Team Move to Central Hub
On Monday 30 November, the Boscombe Neighbourhood Policing team began working from an improved central location.
In partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council, Dorset Police’s Boscombe Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will now be working from the former Argos building on Christchurch Road.
The newly converted premises provides space for operational police officers to work alongside the Boscombe Regeneration Team. There is also a Youth Services drop-in centre in a separate section of the building. In a more accessible and visible location than Boscombe Police Station on Gloucester Road, the new multi-use Boscombe hub is an improved and centralised base for effective local policing.
Boscombe Regeneration Police Inspector, Chris Weeks comments: “The new hub location means that our NPT officers will be working from an improved location in the heart of Boscombe. The shared premises has been adapted to be functional for our partners to work alongside operational officers and it will also be used by response police officers when required during their duties in that area.
“It is excellent that we are able to collaborate with our local partners to establish a convenient and beneficial location to continue to serve the local community in the best way possible.”
Boscombe NPTs will now be able to make use of office space, interview rooms and meeting facilities. The dedicated space provides an improved location for NPTs to work from but will not include a station desk enquiry service. Boscombe residents should continue to use their nearest service at Bournemouth Police Station, Madeira Road or make use of 101 and online services to contact their local policing teams.
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill said: “This new hub will bring together Dorset Police Neighbourhood Policing Team officers and the Boscombe regeneration team in one place. This is huge step forwards for Boscombe, and directly listens to public feedback that they wanted their police in the centre of the community.
“My priority was to ensure that Dorset Police has an operational base in the heart of Boscombe, and we have achieved that. Relocating the neighbourhood policing team to the former Argos building will improve accessibility and will centralise their service. This will improve the visible policing presence in Boscombe and will help to regenerate the town centre.”
Issued: 1 December 2015