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Force Estates Strategy Review Update

Following an ongoing review of the Force estates strategy, Dorset Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner provide an update on East Dorset and Christchurch.

Dorset Police have been working in consultation with Christchurch Borough Council and Dorset County Council, who were seeking alternative uses for the Bargates site. Christchurch Police Station is within this complex.

In light of the reductions to the Force budget and the ongoing review of the Force’s estate, Dorset Police is seeking to ensure that the best use is made of estate resource and that buildings are located in the most operationally suitable locations. In view of this, it has been agreed to dispose of the site.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “As a result of the decision to dispose of Christchurch Police Station through the ongoing review of our estate, the Force has been in talks with Dorset Fire and Rescue with the proposal of relocating Christchurch’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) to Christchurch Fire Station.  

“We are committed to providing the best possible service to the public while achieving the required savings to our budget, and this approach ensures a policing footprint remains in Christchurch.”

As part of the Force estates strategy, the decision to sell Ferndown Police Station was announced in October 2013 and the site has now been formally marketed for sale. Both East Dorset and Christchurch response and patrol officers, currently work from Ferndown. Ongoing consultations are taking place to establish a suitable alternative patrol hub location for future use.

Police & Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “I would like to assure people in Christchurch that we are committed to local neighbourhood policing and that police officers will still operate in the heart of Christchurch.

“We are also working to establish an appropriate patrol hub location for our response and patrol officers to begin their shifts in order to ensure they can continue to serve the East Dorset and Christchurch areas in the same way they do now.”

Issued: 6 October 2015