New policing base for Maldon opens
Officers in Maldon will remain local, visible and at the heart of the community they serve with the opening of a new police base in the offices of Maldon District Council.
The base at the council’s offices in Princes Road, was opened by Essex Police’s Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh, Police & Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst, Maldon District Council leader Cllr Mark Durham and Chairman of the Council, Cllr Henry Bass.
Also present was Maldon’s Chairman of Community Services Cllr Bob Boyce, deputy leader Cllr Adrian Fluker, Richard Holmes, Director of Customers and Community and Community Safety Manager Spencer Clarke.
Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “Local and visible policing is important to communities in Essex and it’s important to me too.
“We want to keep our officers at the heart of the places they serve, protecting people from harm, catching criminals and detecting crime. This base will enable that to happen whilst at the same time ensuring we have an even closer working relationship with our partners at the council.
“It’s a great sign of our shared commitment to community safety that Maldon District Council has helped make today happen.”
Roger Hirst, Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “We know that our communities want local, visible and accessible policing and by working with our district and town councils we can get closer to our communities, provide a more joined up service and do more for the public.
“The people of Maldon deserve an efficient, effective and modern police force working closely with local partners and communities to resolve local issues.
"This co-location is a great step toward building even stronger relationships between local organisations and the community and I would like to thank the council and the local police officers for their shared commitment to this aspiration."
Cllr Mark Durham, Leader of Maldon District Council, said: “I am pleased that we have been able to accommodate a Police base within our building and thereby securing a continued Police presence in the district. I welcome them into our building along with the many other partners who have decided to co-locate with us and provide a first class service to the community.”
The new base will offer a front counter service, staffed by Essex Police employees, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays.
The former police station in West Square, Maldon closed on Monday July 31st. The building will be put up for sale in the coming months.
Maldon police station is one of several being sold as the estate is reduced from 80 to approximately 30 buildings to help modernise the force. The resources this frees up will enable officers to stay visible in communities for longer, be more accessible, build our specialist capabilities and so help keep the people of Essex safe.
The current police estate in Essex costs £10million a year in running costs but the buildings would require £30million of maintenance work to bring them up to standard. This money can be better invested in preventing and fighting crime by recruiting officers and investing in technology to help them do their job.
People can also report crime by phoning 101 or via the Essex Police website www.essex.police.uk