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New £18m police station to be unveiled
8:39am Wednesday 9th May 2012 in Harrogate and Ripon news
POLICE chiefs will today unveil a new £18 million police station in North Yorkshire.
Chief constable Grahame Maxwell will be joined by Jane Kenyon, chairman of North Yorkshire Police Authority, and Superintendent Barry Smith, the Safer Neighbourhood Commander for the Harrogate District, to officially cut the ribbon at noon to mark the completion of the new Harrogate Police station on Beckwith Head Road.
It is likely to be one of Mr Maxwell’s final public appearances before he retires from the chief constable post next week.
Members of the public are invited to take a guided tour around the new station between 2pm until 7pm.
Mr Maxwell, said: “The open day would provide a one-off opportunity to see inside our new, state-of-the-art police station, which is one of the most modern in the country.
“The station has been built to serve the communities of Harrogate and the surrounding area and we would like to offer local people the opportunity to come and see inside before it becomes operational.”
The station becomes operational next Thursday.
The new building, which was completed at £2.8m under budget, has a 16-cell custody block and a police memorial garden in the grounds.
The station replaces the existing one on North Park Road, which was built in the 1930s.
A separate, smaller police station on Victoria Avenue opened to the public last month to provide easier access to policing services for people in Harrogate town centre.