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Leighton Buzzard Community Policing Team to move to new base
Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway is delighted to announce the long-awaited move of police from Leighton Buzzard Police Station to the community fire station. The move will mean that Leighton Buzzard’s Community Policing Team will be based right in the heart of the town.  

On 30 August, the team will move to a new policing hub at Leighton Buzzard Fire Station in Duncombe Drive as promised by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway. Response and community officers will be able to work from the new hub, and new signage will show the public that the fire station is now a Fire and Police Blue Light Facility. The former police station on Hockliffe Road is now closed.

Last year, Commissioner Holloway confirmed the sale of Leighton Buzzard Police Station as part of her plans to revolutionise policing in the town. Commenting on the move the Commissioner said, “The fire station is a much more sensible location than the police station, right at the heart of pubbing and clubbing district and off the High Street and Market Place.

“Bedfordshire Police also has the benefit of the proceeds of the sale to contribute to future building work, such as a new custody suite for the north of the county.”

The police station was sold to Central Beds Council as part of its redevelopment plan for the town, and comes at a time when the Force continues to work more closely with other local blue light services to maximise efficiency, improve public service and reduce costs. Earlier this year, as part of the Force’s on-going Blue Light Integration project, the PCC launched a seventh policing hub in the county based at Ampthill Community Fire Station.

Chief Superintendent David Boyle said, “We remain committed to providing a visible policing presence in Leighton Buzzard, and our new base which is closer to the centre of the town will enable us to do that. The new hub will also allow us to continue to work more closely with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“The Force faces many challenges, but community policing is at the heart of all we do, as is protecting the public and keeping our communities safe. We will continue to work with the community to ensure we tackle the issues that matter to them.”

Community policing for Leighton Buzzard, and the south of the county, has been reorganised under Chief Inspector Hob Hoque, who previously led the Force’s small Community Cohesion Team.

“I am happy to say there is a new Sheriff in town as far as Leighton Buzzard is concerned. Chief Inspector Hoque is absolutely determined to embed the Community Policing Team at the very heart of the community in the town, for example linking regularly with town councillors and getting to know those running businesses and organisations to really get a grip on crime and anti-social behaviour in Leighton Buzzard,” said Commissioner Holloway.