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Cleveland Police Scrap Hartlepool Police Custody in bid to save cash.

Cleveland Police has scrapped their custody suite in Hartlepool as on average only 4 people a day are held here.

Instead they’ll be transferred 30 mins to either Stockton or Middlesbrough Police. The move will save thousands of pounds cash which has to be positive if the suite is only being used by on average 4 people a day.

Custody services in Cleveland are changing to make sure people get the best possible support whilst also making long term savings.

Following significant investment in the Middlesbrough Custody Suite over recent years, Cleveland Police is proposing to mothball the Hartlepool Custody Office which only has an average of four people use it each day. The changes would reduce costs and make savings.

Cleveland Police has consulted the Police and Crime Commissioner on the proposals and agreed in principle that the suite be mothballed in early 2019 to allow it to be brought back into use if operational circumstances require. Staff consultation is underway and further details will be published in due course.

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Roberts said: “Regardless of where a person is arrested their welfare is a key concern. It’s often not until they are in the cell that their needs are identified, and by taking them to the purpose built facility in Middlesbrough we can ensure that they are able to access any necessary support services at the earliest opportunity.

“We’ve tested the timings for any additional officer journeys and feel that this can be managed appropriately against our demand, whilst providing the best service we can to the public.

“Policing has changed and we must constantly adapt to new ways of working to meet the challenge of keeping people safe with the resources that are available to us.”

Investment at Middlesbrough Custody Suite has recently included senior healthcare practitioners on site 24/7 and direct referrals to a range of support services to ensure safety and divert people from offending. As a result, people who are vulnerable or need medical attention when arrested are taken to Middlesbrough from across Cleveland.

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