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Swanage Pathway ready to open its doors

Dorset Police and Swanage Town Council have teamed up to offer public services at a new joint premises in the town.

The new facility – called Swanage Pathway – will open its doors to the public on Monday 3 December 2012.

Based in the annex to Swanage Town Hall, Swanage Pathway will house the Swanage Safer Neighbourhood Team and contain a reception area staffed by both a police receptionist and a council receptionist.

It will replace the current Swanage Police Station with more modern facilities nearer to the town centre.

The services provided will include a first point of contact for visitors; updates to victims of crime, recording of lost property and handing in of found property, facilities to report via 101 telpehone service crimes and incidents, access to SNT and Response Officers for interviews and taking messages for officers. Also at this location dealing with council issues and queries relating to residents’ car parking permits, car parks, cemeteries, parks and gardens, town hall bookings, receiving payments and providing information regarding Council meetings.

Visitors will also be able to use a direct telephone link to the Dorset Police Enquiry Centre where crime details will be recorded by dedicated call handlers.

Some services previously provided at Swanage Police Station will move to Wareham Police Station, for example document production, bail registration and surrender of firearms.

Purbeck Neighbourhood Inspector, Tracey Baker, said: “This new facility will provide the Swanage community and visitors to the town with a shared service where they will be able to access a range of information and services linked to both police and the local authority.

“The opening of Swanage Pathway enables us to continue policing Swanage from a local base, with Safer Neighbourhood teams starting and completing their duties from the new Pathway facility as they previously did from the police station. Patrol officers will continue to be based at Wareham, as they are currently, and will provide a policing response and presence in Swanage.

“We are grateful for the community support we have received so far and are looking forward to working together with our partners at Swanage Town Council to provide a valuable contribution to all of those who live in or visit Swanage.”

Swanage Town Mayor, Councillor Bill Trite, said: “The opening of the Pathway facility responds to the current budget restraints affecting the public sector. Joint working between the police and Swanage Town Council will provide an improved service to the local community in Swanage and neighbouring villages.

“This development is a result of the work of councillors, Swanage Town Council officers and the local police and together we will ensure that it is a success.”

Opening Hours and Contact Information:

From April to September, Swanage Pathway will be open Monday to Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

Between October and March it will be open Monday to Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-3pm.

For Dorset Police enquiries: 101 

For Town Council enquiries contact number: 01929 423636

Swanage Pathway can be found in the annex to Swanage Town Hall, High Street, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2NZ.


Issued: 29 November 2013