Station is ‘improved facility’

PC Paul Toon, Sgt Andy Browning, Insp Craig Berry and Colin Handley from the Police and Crime Commissioner's office with local residents Roy Plumb, Steve Brunt and Shane Easom at the new police office in Kimberley
PC Paul Toon, Sgt Andy Browning, Insp Craig Berry and Colin Handley from the Police and Crime Commissioner's office with local residents Roy Plumb, Steve Brunt and Shane Easom at the new police office in Kimberley

A new base for police officers in Kimberley has been kitted out with equipment and facilities to make it easier for the public to use.

The ‘contact point’, set up in Newdigate Street following the closure of Kimberley Police Station in Eastwood Road, has been open to the public for several months.

But it has not been easily identifiable, and has not had all the necessary facilities until now.

The contact point next door to the parish hall now has a sign outside the front door, a yellow phone outside to link members of the public directly to force headquarters, a letter box for people to post mail and neighbourhood surveys, a notice board for officers to display leaflets and information and a signpost at the bottom of Newdigate Street pointing people in the right direction.

Steve Brunt who used to be the police liaison officer on Kimberley Town Council, volunteered to co-ordinate the project to get everything up and running as it should be.

“We have been waiting for these last few bits.

“People were a bit unsure of the location because of a lack of signs and so on.

“They kept asking at the parish hall and the caretakers house.

“Everything is now complete and the Kimberley community now has a fully-functioning police contact point.

“It is clearly identifiable and visible and is now a much better community facility.”