Issued on 11/1/19 at 2:00 p.m.
Local community member and Chair of Project Polska, a Polish community support group, officially opened the new Hinckley Road Police Station in Leicester today (Friday 11 January 2019).
Barbara Czyznikowska was joined by the Chief Constable Simon Cole and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach. Local MP, Liz Kendall, was also there.
Officers moved into the new building last November. It was built on the site of the old building which had become too big for modern policing purposes, was expensive to run and costly to repair. The old building is in the process of being sold on the open market.
The new station has a Front Enquiry Office which is open to members of the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday. The move does not mean there will be less officers in the area, the local policing presence will remain the same.
Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “It was a pleasure to be at the official opening of our newest building today. The old police station had become too big for us and needed a lot of money spending on it so it made financial sense to move into a modern smaller building. I am delighted that a member of the local community opened the station for us”.
Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, added: “As we promised, this building keeps a public facing police station based in the heart of the community, which is what local people told us they wanted.
“Importantly these new premises are designed around the needs of a modern police force, one where service delivery has changed dramatically over the years. The modern building delivers good value for money for the taxpayer as it will be fit for purpose for the foreseeable future, providing well-equipped accommodation for both the workforce and the public, which is a key part of our ongoing estates strategy.”
Project Polska is a not for profit organisation that helps Polish people take part in the social, cultural and political life of their local community. Barbara Czyznikowska FRSA is the Chair of Project Polska. She said: “This was a great honour and privilege for our organisation and the communities we represent. West End is the neighbourhood where many new emerging communities reside and a home to a significant Polish community.
“Over the last twelve months, the local policing team has been working very effectively to bridge the gap between the community and policing, actively engaging residents at grass roots level, resulting in significantly improving the cultural mistrust of the police many Polish nationals might have. I believe that by fostering this positive approach, we have developed a foundation for meaningful community relations, and as a consequence the Polish residents will see the police more than just simply keeping law and order, but as the organisation who supports and listens to the diverse needs of their residents.”