Building work has started on a new £19 million super-custody suite in Sheffield.
The new centre – to open next spring – will be capable of housing up to 50 prisoners on land at Shepcote Lane, near Meadowhall and replaces existing buildings in Sheffield city centre, Ecclesfield and Rotherham.
The new site will save South Yorkshire Police £1.2 million a year through reduced staff costs and will also operate as a base for investigative officers and other agencies.
Chief Constable David Crompton said: “Custody staff have one of the most challenging roles in policing and the new centre will provide them with integrated, modern facilities to manage high-risk situations and return officers to the streets at the earliest possible opportunity. Like every force across the country we have to make significant financial savings but at the same time we need a workforce properly equipped to tackle crime and protect the public.”