Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, joined Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, Chief Inspector Paul Phelps, and Cllr Bruce Dowling, Mayor of Hastings, at the official launch of the new Police Hub in Silchester Road.
Amber said: “I am delighted to see this new Police Hub officially open on Friday 25 September in Silchester Road, Central St Leonards. When I was first alerted to the anti-social behaviour relating to alcohol and drugs in Central St Leonards by residents and businesses, I convened the first multi-agency street community meeting in March 2014, attended by Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, Chief Inspector Phelps, local Councillors, officers of Hastings Borough Council, Seaview Project, and a number of residents and businesses. It became very clear that action was required to improve this central area of St Leonards for the residents, traders and tourists.”
At that first meeting, Chief Inspector Phelps committed to relocating lockers and some officers to work directly from St Leonards, rather than from the main police station, whilst Katy Bourne promised to seek the necessary funds for the premises.
- The hub will accommodate 10 officers (6 x police officers and 4 x Police Community Support Officers)
- The hub will operate 6 days in every 9
- The officers will work a mixture of day shifts 0800-1700hrs and late shifts 1500-0000hrs
- Regular surgeries will be undertaken for local residents to raise their concerns
- Crimes should be reported by calling 101 or 999 through the contact centre or Hastings Police station
Amber added: “It is fantastic to finally see this hub open in such an important location. It should make policing of this area much more effective and give residents greater security and peace of mind.”
Since March 2014, there have been four more such meetings, most recently in August this year, and regular meetings will continue.