“We must now look to the future and have a unique opportunity to design a new policing base fit for a modern day police force.”
Building the Future is a multi-million pound project to move Surrey Police Headquarters from Mount Browne in Guildford, to a new combined HQ and operational site near Leatherhead. It is expected that the new building will be fully operational in around four to five years’ time.
The move is part of an extensive estates project to deliver long-term savings by moving out and disposing of some of the current outdated and costly buildings.
An efficient estate will be created that will allow the Force to work in new ways and meet the challenges of modern policing. As well as the Surrey Police HQ, the new site will also be the operational base for an eastern operational hub in place of Reigate Police station, and the new location for our Specialist Crime teams in place of Woking Police Station. It will also house our Roads Policing and Tactical Firearms units. There will still be local policing based in both Reigate and Woking.
The new site will also benefit from being a more central location in the county in close proximity to the M25 and the town’s railway station. Guildford and Staines police stations will be retained, accommodating Western and Northern divisional teams.
PCC David Munro said: “This is really exciting news and heralds the start of a new chapter in the proud history of Surrey Police.
“The search for a new site has been long and complex so I am delighted we have now completed the deal and can start making detailed plans that will shape the future of policing in this county.
“The most important factor for me is that we provide value for money and deliver an even better service to the public. We have looked carefully at the budget for the project and even taking into account the inevitable relocation costs involved, I am satisfied this investment will provide savings in the long-term.
“A police force’s most valuable asset is of course the officers and staff that work around the clock to keep our county safe and this move will provide them with a much better working environment and support.
“I am well aware of the value Surrey residents place on local policing and I want to reassure people living in Woking and Reigate that our local neighbourhood presence in those communities will not be affected by these plans.”
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