A part of South Tyneside’ policing team has been re-located in a bid to make access to officers easier for residents.
Hebburn Central will be the new home of the police’s front office for the town from today.
This will make it easier for people to contact us.Chf Supt McDyer
The front officer counter will be based in the reception area of the building in Glen Street with people being able to seek advice or arrange a meeting with an officer in one of the centre’s meeting rooms.
Chief Superintendent Andy McDyer, Southern Area Commander said: “This re-location to Hebburn Central gives the public good access to our police front office facility.
“It’s a move which brings policing next to other well -used public facilities – this will make it easier for people to contact us.
The move has been welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
She said: “Local residents told me they thought Hebburn Central was a better location with good public transport and more parking.
“Making sure our police facilities are accessible to the public is a priority for me.
“As a public service it’s important we achieve good value for money, this includes the amount we spend on office accommodation.
“Older buildings are more expensive to run and maintain all savings will be reinvested back into policing.”
The move will have no impact on the opening hours of the front counter. The reception desk will be opened between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
Coun Tracey Dixon, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for area management said: “We are delighted to welcome the police to our new facility in Hebburn Central.
“This is an excellent example of making the best use if our assets and working in partnership for the benefit of our local communities.”
To contact the Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, extension 69191, or visit the police website, www.northumbria.police.uk
Hebburn Central opened in June and includes a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, library, learning centre, cafe and outdoor games area.