Norfolk Constabulary: Wymondham PIC opens

Wymondham Police Investigation Centre

8 April 2011

The next new Police Investigation Centre for Norfolk and Suffolk
will open its doors this Friday – 8 April 2011.

The Wymondham Police Investigation Centre (PIC) is the second of
six centres which will open across the two counties this year.

The centres will provide efficient and cost-effective custody
facilities for detainee handling and investigations. They allow
specialist police officers, staff and investigators to question
suspects and hold them in custody under one roof. The move brings
detainee handling into the 21st century and means detainees will no
longer be processed at police stations.

The PICs will allow our specialist police officers, staff and investigators to question suspects and hold them in custody within a modern building resulting in a far more cost effective and seamless policing service.

Chief Inspector Roger Wiltshire

The project will
result in substantial performance improvement, reducing the amount
of time police officers spend in custody, freeing them up to spend
more time policing the streets.

The Two Counties Police Investigation Centres Project is a
Private Finance Initiative project which has seen the procurement
of required land, buildings and services for the next 30 years.

In
2010 all PFI initiatives were reviewed by the coalition government
and PICs were identified as a good example of two forces working
together.

Potential capital savings to be achieved by collaboration and
the sharing of custody facilities is around 5.5 million as PICs
present a far more cost effective and seamless policing service to
the people of Norfolk and Suffolk.

Peter Belson, Head of PFI Projects, Norfolk Constabulary
said:

PICs are the result of a collaborative approach by both
constabularies to develop a capital building project that
disregards policing boundaries and brings detainee handling into
the 21st century.

Norfolk and Suffolk share the problem of how to provide
accommodation to detain people in an environment that complies with
legislation and comfortable conditions in a cost-effective
manner.

This project is a valuable investment for the next three
decades. The Home Office wants to see police forces cutting
bureaucracy, giving officers more time on the frontline and
improving efficiency, which this does.”

Each PIC has been designed and built with high levels of thermal
insulation and external walls to reduce air leakage. Ground source
heat pumps will help to regulate temperatures in the buildings
while reducing carbon emissions.

Roof mounted solar panels will provide 50% of annual hot water
demand from solar energy.

Other sustainability measures include
water conservation through specification of low water use fittings
and energy reduction through use of low energy lighting and
equipment.

Chief Inspector Roger Wiltshire, Norfolk Constabulary said:

Conditions for all of our staff who work in custody will be
significantly improved with the PICs contributing significantly to
the ethos of putting the customer first and providing excellent
local services.

The PICs will allow our specialist police officers, staff and
investigators to question suspects and hold them in custody within
a modern building resulting in a far more cost effective and
seamless policing service.

The new investigation centres will host CCTV facilities and
smart, clean cells that will be of a consistent standard across the
board.

It s been calculated that 51,000 frontline officer hours will be
saved through the increase in efficiency and through the
realignment of some resources. A financial saving of
1,030,353.04.

Stephen Bett, Chairman of Norfolk Police Authority said:

“The new Police and Investigation Centres that will be serving
Norfolk and Suffolk provide some of the most modern custody
facilities in the country and will be the envy of other forces. They are another step forward for our region benefitting all those
who will be using them, not just police officers and staff but
legal representatives as well as those who find themselves under
arrest.

They are a tangible demonstration of how Norfolk and
Suffolk Constabularies are working together.”

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