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New 50-cell police custody suite welcomes first detainees

A brand new purpose-built custody suite in Nottingham has welcomed its first detainees.

The 50-cell facility was described as “a new chapter in Nottinghamshire Police history” after it opened its gates on Wednesday, September 29, at around 7am.

The building, which has been under construction since March last year, replaces the force’s old custody facility at the Bridewell, in Canal Street, Nottingham.

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Anyone arrested in the city or the south of the county will now be transported to the new building, where they will be detained, interviewed and investigated before being released or remanded into custody.

People with autism, young people, people with disabilities and those experiencing episodes of mental ill-heath will be processed in a special vulnerable wing.

This is to ensure that vulnerable detainees are suitably taken care of.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Cooper, who led the project, said: “This new custody suite represents a major new investment in the wellbeing of staff and detainees.

“It is also an investment in the wider judicial process and underscores our enduring commitment to getting justice for victims of crime.

“The custody process is an absolutely vital first step in the wider justice process and it absolutely vital that we get this process right.

“I am delighted that we now have one of the finest facilities anywhere in the country and would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work, ideas and leadership in delivering this project.

“We have had a busy first day at the site but – thanks to the weeks of hard work that has gone into training and familiarising staff with the building – things have run very smoothly indeed.”



The new custody suite
The new custody suite

The building also includes interview rooms, consultation booths and office facilities for staff.

Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry said: “I am delighted that the new custody suite has been designed with the safety of police officers and staff in mind.

“The design of the building also means defendants can be processed quicker, saving both time and money for the force.

“I want to thank Inspector Duncan Collins for his tireless work project managing the site through to completion and during the pandemic.

“Despite the challenges posed by the lockdowns, we have been able to complete the custody suite in budget and within the planned time-scale, meaning we have now been able to process the first detainees at the site.”

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