Senior Labour figures in Plymouth are calling for a new Police Station to be built in the city, replacing stations at Charles Cross and Crownhill which many have called “inefficient” and “dated.”
In the past five years both Bodmin and Exeter have had new Police stations providing modern facilities for police officers and staff to keep communities safe. There are no plans under the current Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner for any similar investment in Plymouth.
Labour’s candidate to be the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Gareth Derrick, said:
“Plymouth’s two main police stations are dated and don’t meet the needs of a growing city like ours. The two old stations could be replaced by a single new one with good access to the A38 and enhanced facilities for police and staff. This is what I believe Plymouth needs but it takes commitment to drive forward a plan like this.
“If I’m elected in May, I’ll make sure that Plymouth is not left behind, making sure we understand Plymouth’s needs for the future and securing the funding needed to get on and make this happen.
“Serving over 250,000 residents, Plymouth’s police force deserves a modern and effective station that is fit for the future.”
Luke Pollard MP, Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:
“Since 2010 the Conservatives cut 600 Police officers from our local force and crime has risen as a result. I want to see more Police officers in Plymouth and I want a modern Police Station with facilities better suited to the needs of our city.”
Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet Member for Community Safety on Plymouth City Council said:
“A new police station has long been an ambition of Labour on the City Council. We passed a motion calling for modern facilities on 16 November last year. A new station would mean better rest facilities for Police officers and a larger and safer custody suite that reflects the size and demand especially in the summer when our population swells with tourists.”
Plymouth City Council passed a motion calling for a new police station for the city on 16 November 2020, requesting that the police estate requirements for Plymouth are prioritised and given full consideration in the Police and Crime Commissioner’s future estates strategy. At the meeting of the Police and Crime Panel on 20 November 2020, the Police and Crime Commissioner confirmed that there will no further capital investment into Plymouth’s police stations but that a £7m investment will be made into a force-wide operational support facility in Plymouth.