New custody suite in Barnsley gets the go-ahead

New custody suite to be built in South Yorkshire
New custody suite to be built in South Yorkshire
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Police chiefs in South Yorkshire have secured planning permission to build a new a custody suite in Barnsley.

The 20-cell suite is to be built at the police base Churchfield and will replace existing cells.

It is hoped work will begin sometime between October 2015 and March 2016.

The new suite in Barnsley forms part of a £19 million project to improve custody facilities across South Yorkshire, with work about to start on a new purpose-built custody facility on Shepcote Lane, Attercliffe, which serve Sheffield and Rotherham.

It is anticipated that the project will deliver annual savings of £1.2 million, the majority of which will come from removing posts as staff retire.

Paula Ibberson, Custody Estates Project Manager for South Yorkshire Police, said: “The existing suite in Barnsley is now at the end of its life with outdated facilities that are inefficient to run. The new environment will be safer, more cost effective and bring better conditions for those using and working in the suite.

“The new custody suite will make best use of good design and improved technology to make sure that our processes are more efficient and officers are able to return to patrol duties sooner.”