Policing in Rickmansworth moves to heart of town

Kevin Snow09th February 2011

POLICING in Rickmansworth has moved to the heart of the town this week as officers moved into Three Rivers House, the District Council offices in Northway.

Police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from Three Rivers Safer Neighbourhoods team and detectives and staff from the Local Crime unit moved to the offices on Tuesday (8 February).

Glenn Hill (Herts Constabulary), Roger Seabourne (Chair of Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership), Ann Shaw (Council Leader) and Sue Warman (Hertfordshire Police Authority)Members of the public will still be able to visit officers and report crimes in person at the front desk of Three Rivers House between 11am and 3pm until 28 February and as of 1 March from 10am and 5.30pm Monday to Thursday and 10am – 5pm on Friday. This is an increase in opening hours compared to when the station on Rectory Road was open.

Chief Inspector Mike Marren, Chief Inspector for Three Rivers, said:

“We are proud to share offices with Three Rivers District Council. Like everyone else in these economically challenged times, we are having to make savings. This is about saving people and front–line services, not buildings. 

“Through this move we have moved policing back into the heart of the community and we are delighted to be sharing a building with one of our key partner agencies. This is extremely good news for the people of Three Rivers.

“We are confident that these changes will improve services to the public, providing them with easier and better access and the new joint offices are more central.”

Three Rivers Chief Executive, Steven Halls, said:

“Three Rivers is the safest district in Hertfordshire and this is due, in part, to the close links between Hertfordshire Constabulary, the District Council and the community. This move not only increases the hours of the Police’s front desk service, but strengthens our partnership with them and saves back office money that can be spent on front-line policing and community safety.”

Sue Warman, Police Authority Lead Member (PAL) for Three Rivers said:
"This is a fantastic example of how creative solutions can be found to enhance services to the public, at a time of financial austerity, by working in partnership.  Accessibility for the public will be improved in this new location.  The accommodation at Three Rivers House is much more modern and congenial than at the old police station on Rectory Road. 

"Money from the sale of the old site can be reinvested in frontline services.  Moreover, it is beneficial for police officers and staff to be co-located with Three Rivers District Council, with whom they work so closely to keep improving community safety. 

"This model of collaborative service delivery is at the leading edge of good practice regionally and nationally with benefits for everyone."