Ipswich: New police station prepared for business

The new police station is in Museum Street, Ipswich The new police station is in Museum Street, Ipswich

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
4:24 PM

The main police station in Ipswich is set to close its doors for the last time on Monday.

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The remaining staff at the station in Civic Drive are starting to move to their new base. The front desk of the new office will formally open to the public on Tuesday morning.

Most of the Civic Drive police station building, which has been the town’s base since the late 1960s, has been empty since most officers moved to Landmark House on the north west corner of the town in late 2012.

The new office will be manned by clerks at the front desk from 8am to 8pm seven days a week (bank holidays 9am-5pm) to help with public enquiries.

It will be the new base for the Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team with support from the Special Constabulary, along with the Town Safe Team, local community safety representatives, ID officers, the Operational Partnership Team and public protection officers – a total of about 70 staff.

Out of hours the intercom service which was available at Civic Drive has been replaced with a similar intercom at Museum Street, which connects direct to the police control room.

Ipswich policing commander Supt Louisa Pepper said: “This change of base will in no way affect any of the services offered to people living in the Ipswich area.

“The Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team will continue to operate from the new office as they did from the old police station building and officers will continue patrols as they always have.”

The Civic Drive Station was opened in July 1968. When it was built it was state of the art for the period but is no longer fit for operational use. The building will be returned to the borough council in early June.

5 comments

  • Steve Blake - when was the last time you saw a Station Clerk attending a 999 call? Actually read the article before passing negative judgement. 24hrs a day you call and the police will still attend emergencies, just you will have to wait for office hours to produce driving documents or hand in lost property.

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    Anon

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • "The new office will be manned by clerks at the front desk from 8am to 8pm seven days a week (bank holidays 9am-5pm) to help with public enquiries." Can we all expect that crime will only take place between these permitted hours to match when the cops will be available? What a muddle. 24hr policing in the county's most populated town seems to have evaporated.

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    Steve Blake

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Look on the brightside, property values in the area will rise slightly on this news. Its about time they set up a base in the East side of town in Carr Street - perhaps it will do the same.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Blimey, not very nice is it. The main one is fine leave it be. I remember going there for a caution once, I was all tough and stuff, once the officer had finished with me I was crying like a baby.

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • The running costs must be lower here and it is much closer to the town centre so more access able to the general public.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

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