Junab seeks to put a hold on sales of police buildings pending a review!
Junab was recently asked about closures and sales of police premises by a serving Police Officer.
Junab has committed to putting a hold on further sales of police estate until there has been a review to ensure that the issues have been fully considered and these properties are no longer suitable or in a suitable location: Here is the full response below (without the officers name):
Thanks for contacting me and asking about my position on these issues.
I have been aware of the concerns within the Wiltshire police service about the need for better facilities in the South of Wiltshire especially around Salisbury and also that a number of buildings within the police state have been deemed as no longer fit for purpose (and in many cases that is true) leading to their disposal.
Whilst, as you say, there are advantages in members of the police service co-locating with other public bodies, these often lead to compromises around the suitability of facilities for their needs.
I would look to put a hold on any further sales of police estate until there has been a review to ensure that the issues have been fully considered and these properties are no longer suitable or in a suitable location. Certainly Touchdown points and shared facilities can help to ensure that police officers have access to appropriate welfare facilities in the field, without which they cannot be expected to operate comfortably, safely and effectively.
In the case of the Salisbury area, it is clear that current arrangements are inadequate and I would support steps to secure more suitable premises from which our police officers can operate effectively and I would want to involve existing police officers and their representatives in that process. Our police officers have valuable insight and experience into the issues around suitability of location and buildings – these decisions are improved by involving people who have the practical knowledge at the earliest possible stage and throughout any decision-making process. There may be buildings available that should be considered including possibly the Five Rivers building currently used by the Fire Service.