Birchin Way officially opens

NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE

5 Mar 2019

From tomorrow, Wednesday 6 March, detainees from the south bank will be brought into our new custody facility on Birchin Way, Grimsby.

Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter and Chief Constable Lee Freeman visited the suite today to officially open it in a small ceremony for invited guests.

The 36 cell facility is our brand new custody suite that will replace the old custody facilities at Grimsby Police Station and Scunthorpe Police Station.

Superintendent Jo Roe said: “The suite is specially designed to be more accessible for detainees, many of which are vulnerable, with modern cell accommodation and on-site medical facilities.

“The corridors are wider and the cells are larger with high ceilings and natural light coming in, making sure that we can accommodate all needs.  

“The facility is also safer and better for our staff and officers, with CCTV throughout and special technology enabling them to contact colleagues quickly should they need assistance.”

Supt Roe added: “The suite contains state-of-the-art technology enabling us to book multiple detainees in at once. This will make it quicker and easier for our officers, reducing waiting times and allowing them to get back out onto the streets.

“Birchin Way will also house some of our specialist teams on the south bank including the Major Crime Team, Property Store and Prisoner Processing Team.

“Having our specialist units based here will help to cut down on their travel time, allowing them to offer the best possible service to our south bank communities.”

Today’s ceremony began with speeches from Chief Constable Lee Freeman and Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter who welcomed invited guests and introduced them to the building.

Guests were then shown around the facility following the route that a detainee would follow from the area where police vehicles will being them in through to the charge desk and the cells.

The stations at Grimsby and Scunthorpe will remain open and operational with officers working from them, however the custody suites will no longer be used.