‘Welcome to our new home,’ say the police

2/9/2011'Police move to Berkhamsted Civic Centre.'Under the blue lamp, from left, Chief Inspector Mike Pryce, and Sgt, Peter Huffer.
2/9/2011'Police move to Berkhamsted Civic Centre.'Under the blue lamp, from left, Chief Inspector Mike Pryce, and Sgt, Peter Huffer.

POLICE say that moving into the same building as political chiefs will save them £50,000 per year.

Berkhamsted Police Station has moved from its base on the corner of Kings Road and High Street to nearby Berkhamsted Civic Centre.

Dacorum chief inspector Mike Pryce said: “We will give exactly the same service to the taxpayer at a greatly reduced cost.”

He said it will be great to work in partnership with Berkhamsted Town Council, which is also based in the High Street civic centre.

Ian Potter, head of estates and facilities for Herts Police, said the old site was costly to run and about £50,000 per year would be saved by the move.

Herts Police Authority wants to sell the old site and will begin advertising it later this month.

The part of the Dacorum Borough Council-owned civic centre now used by police had been empty for about six months. Police moved in last Wednesday.

Elaine Haylock, borough council estate surveyor, said: “It is great to have the police here as a tenant from a commercial point of view. I think they are very good tenants.”