Due to a record influx of new PCs, Hertfordshire Constabulary (HC) have announced the extension of both Rickmansworth and Borehamwood police station.
The number of officers in Hertfordshire’s police force is set to increase to 2, 267 by March 2022, with an even higher number of 2,314 officers by March 2023.
This means the fully operating stations will need to expand to accommodate them all properly.
Work is set to begin shortly, with additional rooms at the Three Rivers House offices in Northway and Elstree Way in Borehamwood set to be converted for police use. These new rooms will provide space for briefing rooms, storage facilities, locker rooms, secure Taser storage and interview rooms.
Police and Crime Commissioner of Hertfordshire David Lloyd said of the expansion, after he approved it: ““Residents and business in Hertfordshire have told me that they want to see more officers on the streets, and this is tangible evidence of this is happening.
“Earlier this year the number of officers in Hertfordshire passed the historic high and more are still being recruited. It is vital we ensure the welfare of our officers and staff and provide them with the facilities which enable them to do their work.
“These stations have hundreds of officers to serve their local communities including neighbourhood, emergency and detective teams. They are open to the public if you call ahead to make an appointment.”
Three Rivers Chief Inspector Alex Warwick said: “We have already welcomed some new faces to our team recently and we’ll be doing so again next year, so we really welcome the news that our base here in Rickmansworth will be extended to accommodate our growing numbers.