Eastbourne’s Hammonds Drive Policing Base has been officially reopened by Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Marion Shepard.
They were joined by Chief Constable Giles York, East Sussex’s Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Neil Honnor and local VIPs from partner agencies and local government for the event on October 3.
The site, which has been Eastbourne’s operational policing base for many years, has been refurbished to provide a better working environment for police officers and staff members, enabling a more flexible working environment and a service fit for the future.
VIPs were treated to a tour of the base and given an insight into how their local police work on a daily basis. This tour included the new briefing rooms, new technology at hand and the memorial garden, which now displays plaques commemorating police officers killed during the two world wars, which were relocated from the now closed Grove Road Police Station in Eastbourne town centre.
Sussex Police’s East Sussex Command Team, the partnership Safer East Sussex Team and other staff from Grove Road Police Station have been relocated to the refurbished site.
Mrs Bourne said, “I was delighted to join officers, staff and partners at the official re-opening of Hammonds Drive Policing Base following its extensive refurbishment.
“The building has been completely remodelled with new operational technology and a much brighter and welcoming décor. Officers and staff who work there told me that they are really enjoying their new working environment.”
Mr York said, “Eastbourne’s forward thinking police officers and staff members have always been incredibly good at working closely with partners to protect vulnerable people and catch criminals. I truly believe that these new facilities will further enable them to provide the very best service to the public.”
Eastbourne residents are reminded that Hammonds Drive Policing Base is an appointment-only location and that those wishing to report incidents or speak to police should call 101 or visit Eastbourne’s Customer Contact Point at 1 Grove Road, where enquiries can be made with Eastbourne Borough Council and Sussex Police between 9am and 5pm.