MANSFIELD Woodhouse residents can expect quicker response times from local beat bobbies when the area's new police station opens later in the autumn.
Speaking on Monday at a police consultation meeting, local area commander Insp Sam Wilson told residents the Mansfield Woodhouse station –– based on the corner of High Street and Rose Lane –– will provide a highly visible police presence.
The station will accommodate the local area commander, response, control and CID officers, plus beat managers, police community support officers, special constables and police staff.
It replaces the existing smaller site on Swan Lane and will be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week by a team of permanent officers.
Insp Wilson told residents: "Mansfield Woodhouse will now be a focal point where in the past outlying areas have suffered, but now officers have a closer starting position should trouble arise so they can react quicker.
"My intentions are for my PCSOs to be out on the street as much as possible so they can be seen by people –– the aim is to give a much more accessible level of policing in the area.
"My staff will be given a short briefing in the morning as to where criminals are situated, who is out on bail and general information about what is going on in the town."
Coun Joyce Bosnjak also attended the meeting and praised police chiefs for the completion of the new station.
"It is important there is an all-purpose focal point in our area to make people feel safe," she said.
LINK: Mansfield Woodhouse Safer Neighbourhood Team