PCC Barry Coppinger, Viewley Hill Primary pupils Macie Sexton and Luke Thompson and Chief Constable Mike Veale
Two local schoolchildren who put the first spades into the ground for the state-of-the-art Community Safety Hub (CSH) in Hemlington have officially opened the building.
Macie Sexton, 7, and Luke Thompson, 8, from Viewley Hill Primary School joined Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and Chief Constable Mike Veale to cut the ribbon on the multi-million pound premises – which is the epicentre for operational policing and community safety in Cleveland.
The innovative building houses many teams and specialisms including the police control room, intelligence officers, chief officers, specialist command rooms for use in major incidents and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Staff and officers moved over to the CSH in July this year from the previous headquarters in Ladgate Lane. The new building is more energy efficient and represents a lasting legacy for the next generation.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The Community Safety Hub is an investment for the future, that’s why I wanted Macie and Luke to officially open the building – they are the generation that will benefit from the work that takes place.
“This is not just a police building, but is a space for other emergency services, community groups and partner agencies to collaborate. It also provides a very impressive number of green credentials.
“The hub also reflects the history and identity of the area – through a local photo competition displaying images taken by residents; with meeting rooms named after local landmarks; plus display pictures featuring Eston Hills and images of Stockton from college students.
“Planning and developing a building such as this takes huge time and effort and I want to thank everyone who has been involved, from the project team, to Esh Construction and the local people who have built it from the ground up.
Chief Constable Mike Veale added: “We’ve become more efficient and effective by working from this building. It houses state-of-the-art technology in the control room, the ability to view CCTV from any room, and adapts to become the centre to accommodate emergency services dealing with any major incidents on Teesside.
“My aim is to continue to invest in new technology to help cops on the ground, and remove bureaucracy within the ranks – having the Community Safety Hub brings a new, modern and innovative building from which we can put this plan into action.”
Posted on Friday 16th November 2018