New police cells open after £474k revamp

Boston. Saturday 10 November 2012.'News.'Exterior GV Boston Police Station, Lincoln Lane, Boston
Boston. Saturday 10 November 2012.'News.'Exterior GV Boston Police Station, Lincoln Lane, Boston

New cells will be formally opened at Boston Police Station this week after the custody suite was given a £474,000 revamp.

Chief constable Neil Rhodes and police and crime commissioner Alan Hardwick will be cutting the ribbon on Thursday morning – with the cells fully operational on Monday in time for Boston May Fair and Spalding Flower Parade, when they are expected to be busy.

The four-month project came after Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) raised a number of issues that needed to be addressed at Boston’s custody suite in 2011.

It is the first major scheme to be finished as part of the force’s contract with G4S, with £239,000 coming from the private sector firm and £235,000 from Lincolnshire Police.

The project saw four new cells built and the whole custody suite brought up to modern standards.

Assistant chief constable Keith Smy said: “This significant investment brings a number of benefits to custody provision in the Boston and South Holland area and ensures we continue to deliver a first class policing service to the people of Lincolnshire”.

All HMIC recommendations have been addressed and the custody facility now has Safer Detention compliance and Home Office recommended building standards.

Mr Hardwick and Mr Rhodes have continued their working relationship after the commissioner’s decision to suspend his chief constable was quashed by the high court.

Mr Hardwick said there were no problems between the pair and added that Lincolnshire’s was a ‘superb force’ with officers that are ‘second to none’.