New police station opens in Crowborough town centre
A new police station in Crowborough has been unveiled today (Wednesday, September 8).
The new station is the culmination of work with partner agencies to respond to the needs of the community in the north Wealden area and will provide more modern working facilities for our teams.
In autumn 2019 the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) purchased the former Crowborough Town Council building in the town centre to convert to a new police station. This now replaces the former outdated and out-of-town police station which had been used for generations. Following the challenges of 2020, renovation started last autumn to provide a fit-for-purpose, modern base.
Members of the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will now be based in the new town centre facility and the front office counter will be more easily accessible. These were important factors for the communities of Crowborough, as shown in the results of a consultation run by PCC Katy Bourne in March 2020.
Mrs Bourne said: "I am delighted that Crowborough will have a new police station to give residents a real sense of community policing. From my consultation in the town last year, I know that this has been missed in recent times and will be warmly welcomed by local people.
‘I’m looking forward to seeing the new police station acting as a real hub of the community, providing reassurance and protection to Crowborough as well as to the neighbouring rural areas.
‘The more central location of the new station will house members of the neighbourhood policing team, making them a genuine part of the town and more visible to residents. This is exactly what local people told me they wanted.’
With its central location, officers will be able to spend more time proactively policing the community and tackling local issues, with less time travelling between hubs. It will enable officers and staff to focus on proactive problem-solving initiatives, addressing local concerns and the policing priorities for the area.
The NPT will be working with the community and partner agencies to manage and resolve long-term issues and will provide consistency of contact.
Wealden NPT Inspector Kendal Wells explains, “This has been an exciting project to be involved in and the opening of the new station will be really positive news for the communities of North Wealden. Officers and staff see this as an excellent opportunity to work from a new base and I know they cannot wait to get started.”
While this is primarily a new Wealden Neighbourhood Police station, other teams such as Response, the Roads Policing Unit, the Rural Crime Team and others will be regular visitors.
The station was officially opened by PCC Katy Bourne in the attendance of T/ACC Jayne Dando, local Wealden town and parish councillors and Sussex Police staff and officers.
Divisional Commander for East Sussex division C/Supt Tanya Jones said: “Ultimately the move to this central location provides a more accessible and visible presence to help with community policing and working together as one to address issues.
"Visiting a police station is one of the ways the public can report crime or contact a member of Sussex Police. We are committed to providing services that meet customer needs and understand the value placed upon being able to visit a police station face-to-face, alongside providing a wide range of contact options over the phone and online."
Regular opening times for the front office at the new police station are Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm.