Ferndown Police Station could be sold amid budget cuts
DORSET Police will consider selling its divisional headquarters in Ferndown in order to save around £500,000 a year in running costs.
Faced with continued budget cuts, Dorset Police is reviewing its estate strategy – proposing selling the Ferndown premises and relocating staff to other areas of the Force.
The total value of Dorset Police's estate is £49.5m and covers 80 different sites. This costs £6.44m each year to run.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: "We need to make sure that the Dorset Police estate is fit for the future. If we lose a fifth of our budget and staff, we also need to lose some of our building estate.
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"These proposed changes are about matching our resources to the demands of the communities that we serve, in order to keep people safe.
"I would like to reassure people in Dorset that we are committed to local neighbourhood policing and that police officers will still operate in the heart of Ferndown."
The Ferndown headquarters has been identified as an under-utilised resource and transferring 202 members of staff to other areas could save over £500,000 each year.
The Ferndown Safer Neighbourhood Team will continue to operate from their office at the Barrington Centre.
Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: "The Force is currently reviewing its use of Ferndown station and its administrative facilities to identify whether they can be accommodated elsewhere.
"The sale of these buildings could result in a significant saving to the Force, which is essential if we are going to meet our target budget cuts."