Northamptonshire Police ‘does not need a HQ’, police and crime commissioner says

Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commisioner says he wants staff to be more 'agile' and be able to work from different locations in the county
Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commisioner says he wants staff to be more 'agile' and be able to work from different locations in the county
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Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner says the force “does not need a headquarters” to be a police force.

PCC Adam Simmonds has today announced plans to move 600 staff out of the force’s Wootton Hall headquarters in Northampton.

Staff are expected to move out of the site by July 2018, but there is currently no like-for-like replacement for the current headquarters.

Mr Simmonds said the chief constable could possibly be based at the new South Northamptonshire Council office in Towcester, while some of the administration staff could be moved to the new Police Investigation Centre (PIC) on the outskirts of Kettering.

Other staff from Wootton Hall could be moved to the Criminal Justice Centre in Brackmills, Northampton

The commissioner said he also wanted staff to be more “agile and flexible” and bee able to work from different locations across the county.

He said: “We don’t need a headquarters to be a police force. We are building a second operational base in the north of the county.

“Wootton Hall was built for a family to live in not a police force.

“The senior leadership team will be more agile and will be able to work from different police stations across the county or from their cars.

“As we bring three police forces together we have to be realistic and we can’t all have headquarters.

“We have to take a view on our buildings such as Wootton Hall. A lot of the training that takes place there could be done at the university. We don’t need a canteen anymore.”

Mr Simmonds said he thought putting a school on the Wootton Hall site was the perfect legacy for the police force.

He said he had “no intention” at the moment in getting involved in the running of the school if it opened in September.