Petersfield is to get a police station in the town centre.
Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones made the promise at the Annual Meeting of the Town on Wednesday 8 March.
She says it will be in the former Barclays Bank building in The Square and will be shared with East Hampshire District Council which owns the freehold of the building.
It’s part of a package of changes to local policing which the Commissioner says is her response to feedback from the public.
Council tax will rise in the new year in part to provide additional money to Hampshire Constabulary.
The force is now operating under new Chief Constable Scott Chilton. He began work in February.
How the new station might look
The history of the police in Petersfield
Diana Syms wrote an illustrated history of our local police. Her book was published in 2019.
It chronicles the story of police in Petersfield from the early days as one of the original 12 divisions of the newly created Hampshire Constabulary in 1840 to the closure of the town’s police station in September 2016.
Diana spoke to Shine Radio’s Claire Vennis.
Great news, let’s hope it’s open most of the day every day
Great interview, thanks Shine Radio. This is fantastic news and will cheer many of us up. I missed any publicity about Donna Jones coming to town last Weds. Did anyone else know that she was attending the TC’s AGM?