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The boys (in blue) are back in town

UK's first privately funded cop shop opens in St John's Precinct

Published on December 22nd 2010.

The boys (in blue) are back in town

BRITAIN'S first privately paid for city centre 'cop shop' is to open in Liverpool in the New Year.

In a landmark public-private sector agreement, Merseyside Police has been provided with a fully fitted out base for free by retail giant Land Securities, with the rent paid for by businesses via Liverpool's City Central Business Improvement District (BID), for the next three years.

The historic move will save council tax payers approximately £50,000 a year while offering them a direct point of contact with police in the heart of Liverpool city centre for the first time in more than two years. The former police station was sited at the top of Church Street.

Liverpool City Centre's Goldzone team will move into their new community access point in Spring 2011 and will be situated on the ground floor of St Johns precinct.

Situated in a high-footfall area the '”cop shop” is intended to make it easier for people to report crimes and provide quick responses to incidents such as lost children.

Liverpool City Centre Chief Inspector Louise Harrison said: "Although there has always been dedicated officers for the city centre, after speaking with residents and visitors to the city we recognised that there was a need for a police base there - for easy reporting and a highly visible police presence.

"Liverpool is visited by people from all over the world, we offer rich and diverse cultural and commercial attraction. Merseyside Police along with its partners is determined that those visiting should remember the city and the region for the right reasons.

"Liverpool city centre was recently awarded the purple flag - a recognition for being one of the safest cities in the UK, which is reflected in the hard work of Merseyside Police and partners."

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AnonymousDecember 22nd 2010.

That's all very well having a place to deal with lost brats in the day time but what about a privately funded police station at night, when all the fun begins? maybe Asda or Tesco, or any other purveyors of cheap booze would like to fund it.

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