New police community hub in St Leonards

Police claim the hub will bring the authority 'closer to the community'
Police claim the hub will bring the authority 'closer to the community'

A new police community hub that will ‘bring the authority closer to the community’ is launching in St Leonards tomorrow (Friday, September 25).

The St Leonards Community Hub will open in Silchester Road.

The hub is supported by the Safer Hastings Partnership, Hastings Borough Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne.

District commander chief inspector Paul Phelps said: “All of the local neighbourhood policing team for St Leonards will be based at the hub so they can be nearer to their community, spend more time out on the beat and be a more visible presence.

“The team will work from there every day and will meet members of the public who have scheduled appointments.”

Ms Bourne said: “The launch of the new police hub demonstrates a continued commitment by the police and partners to keeping St Leonards a safe place for people to live and work.

“When I first met with local businesses, residents and councillors last year to discuss their concerns it was clear that something needed to be done to help tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.

“A number of actions were identified at that initial meeting and I am pleased to see as a result, the police, and their partners are now working together to address these community issues.

“Having a police hub in Silchester Road will ensure services are more easily available to the public and gives officers a local base from which they can respond, meaning they can spend more time out in the community to identify and tackle local priorities.”

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