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Northern Joint Police Board Convener and Chief Constable attend formal opening of new Nairn Police Station

Issued: 16 Nov 2010

Northern Joint Police Board Convener Norman MacLeod visited Nairn today to formally open the new Police station and highlighted an investment of £1.6m in the seaside town.

The brand new police station was completed on schedule and became fully operational on Wednesday 16 December 2009.

This building marks a significant investment in Policing by the Northern Joint Police Board in the Nairn area. It is built on the site of the old Police station in the heart of the town.

The layout of the station has been carefully designed to make best use of the space available and fit well with the architecture of the community centre next door.

The new building has a public reception area with disabled access and toilet facility. There is also a custody area, three cells and facilities to undertake drink driving procedures. A conference room facility was also built into the station, which can be changed into an incident room for any major incident.

The station will have room to house all current officers with room for further staff to work from the station, when required. This will prove to be particularly important with the area growing at its current rate.

The opening was also attended by Chief Constable Ian Latimer, East Divisional Commander Supt Ian Arnott, Inspector Angus MacLeod, and Vice Convener of the Northern Joint Police Board Ian Ross.

NJPB Convener Norman M MacLeod, said: "The Northern Joint Police Board has supported some £20 million in modernising police facilities over the past 10 years. We are delighted today to be able to formally announce such a significant level of investment in Policing here in Nairn.

"The new facilities are first class and the station has given Police a much improved base from which to operate efficiently. This will be of benefit to all the communities in and around Nairn."

Chief Constable Ian Latimer said: "Today's event reflects the Force's long term investment in modern community policing across the Highlands and Islands. Even in difficult financial times we need to look to the future and plan for the long term as well as the short term.

Strategic investment in key operational facilities and in maximising efficiencies to provide sustainable frontline policing, across the whole of the Highlands and Islands, will give us a strong base for the future."

He added: "This is an excellent facility from which officers can operate effectively. It also provides the Force with another significant operational base, supporting Police service delivery, with full custody facilities and incident room capability."

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