Custody To Close At Selby Police Station
12:14pm 8th October 2014
Following the closure, arresting officers in Selby will take suspects to York and hand them to custody staff there for processing – a task that can take several hours – so that they can return immediately to policing duties in their local area without being tied up in administration.
Commenting on the closure, Paul Kennedy, Assistant Chief Constable at North Yorkshire Police said:
“We have done our research, and we know this makes good operational sense. On average, Selby custody dealt with just one person a day last year, as the vast majority of arrested people – 86 per cent - are already taken to the custody facility at York. So whilst the closure of custody may sound dramatic, in fact there will be very little actual change to the way we carry out policing. The important thing to keep in mind is that we are as committed as ever to keeping a strong front-line service on the ground in Selby. ”
To confirm that commitment, North Yorkshire Police has put more resources into community policing in the area, with the creation of a new Neighbourhood Sergeant role based at Eggborough. In addition to community duties, Sergeant Kevin Brighton, an officer with more than 20 years of policing experience, will focus on tackling rural and cross-border crime, which is a particular issue in the Selby district.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, backed the decision to change operational custody processing to York. She said:
“Keeping a Selby custody facility staffed 24:7 – as we are obliged to do – is not the best use of the tax-payer’s money. North Yorkshire Police has limited resources, and I want to see them focused on the things that really make a difference to local people and communities.”
Minster FM spoke to Cheif Inspector Mark Khan:
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