Hampshire Police To Sell Off Stations
21 October 2012, 08:00
We could see more police officers working from schools, supermarkets and fire stations as Hampshire police confirm they're selling some of their stations.
In September this year Hampshire Police Authority approved revised plans for where police will work from in the future.
It's after a review of the estate found many of the buildings, some of which are over 100-years-old, are no longer suitable for police use and are not good value for money.
The force says mobile technology allows officers and staff to work out of various locations while still being in the heart of the community.
They already have a number of police officers in the force working from alternative locations, such as at schools and supermarkets.
In most cases, the police stations that are being sold have not been open to the public for a long period of time.
The police buildings that are no longer needed by the force will be offered for sale over the next few years.
The money they get from the sale will go towards a new HQ, police campus, four new police investigation centres and an extensive refurbishment programme.
The first properties to be put on the market for sale, later this month, are Old Basing Office, Twyford and Stockbridge police stations.
Old Basing office in Belle Vue Road is not an operational police station. Police officers and staff who used to work there have already relocated to other locations within Basingstoke and Deane district.
Twyford police station hasn't been used by police officers or staff since January (2012) and has not been open to the public since November 2011.