New police station opens on coast

A NEW police station has been unveiled on the Yorkshire coast as part of a multi-million pound drive to bring facilities into the 21st century.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police who are stationed in Filey have switched bases in the move which is aimed at saving the force money on running costs and ensuring its buildings are environmentally-friendly. The officers left the town’s old police station in Murray Street last month before moving into the newly renovated first floor of the Evron Centre in John Street.

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The new base was officially opened yesterday by Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick and North Yorkshire Police Authority’s chairwoman, Coun Jane Kenyon.

The move is part of the force’s so-called Estates Transformation Programme, which began in December 2007 and is costing tens of millions of pounds to upgrade premises.

All of the buildings used by the force have been assessed to see whether they are adequate for the demands of modern policing and sustainability for the future. So far, 11 new or replacement police stations or offices have opened across North Yorkshire.