Residents in Egham can be reassured their local Safer Neighbourhood Team remains in its current location in the former police station in the town centre.
Neighbourhood officers are working from the base which has been their home for some years and will continue to use the site in the High Street until its new premise is available. The new owner of the building, Isoceles Finance Limited, has agreed the team can remain in place whilst agreement is reached for moving to alternative accommodation nearby.
Temporary Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Sproston said: “Officers will continue to work out of the former station building thanks to the generosity of its new owners, Isoceles Finance Limited. The team will continue to patrol the same communities and members of the public should be reassured there will be no visible difference in the service provide by the neighbourhood team. When the latest policing base is agreed we will be updating people at our regular panel meetings and displaying information on the Surrey Police website at http://www.surrey.police.uk/.”
The sale of Egham police station is as a result of an ongoing change programme which has been taking place across Surrey Police in order to reduce a budget deficit. A review of all of the estate held found that many of Surrey’s smaller police stations are old, expensive to maintain and little used by members of the public – Egham had an average of 12 visitors a day and the front counter service ended in 2011.
It is anticipated that a shared alternative base for the Safer Neighbourhood Team at the nearby fire station will be available in the near future subject to legalities and will keep police in the heart of the community with its partner agency.