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22 March 2019, 10:23
Surrey police are moving their headquarters from Guildford to Leatherhead.
The former Electrical Research Association and Cobham Industries site on Cleeve Road in the town has been purchase.
When finished, the new site will become an operational hub housing specialist teams as well as chief officers and senior leadership team, support, corporate functions and training facilities. It will replace the existing Mount Browne HQ and Woking Police Station in addition to replacing Reigate Police Station as the main Eastern divisional base.
Neighbourhood Policing Teams will continue to operate from all eleven boroughs including Woking and Reigate.
Further sites at Burpham and Godstone where the Roads Policing Team and Tactical Firearms Unit are based will also be moved to the new location.
The sale of those five sites will fund a significant proportion of the cost of buying and developing the new Leatherhead base and the Force hopes the new building will be fully operational in around four to five years’ time.
PCC David Munro said: "This is really exciting news and heralds the start of a new chapter in the proud history of Surrey Police.
"Some of our current buildings, including the Mount Browne HQ site, are outdated, poor quality, in the wrong place and expensive to manage and maintain. Mount Browne will remain the Force HQ until the Leatherhead site is fully up and running when it will then be disposed of. It has been at the heart of policing in this county for almost 70 years but we must now look to the future and have a unique opportunity to design a new policing base fit for a modern day police force.
"I am well aware of the value Surrey residents place on local policing and I want to reassure people living in Woking and Reigate that our local neighbourhood presence in those communities will not be affected by these plans.