Thames Valley Police’s new custody suite was opened on Wednesday by the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire – Sir Stuart Hampson.
The new facility has 24 cells and cost around £3.5million to build. A number of dignitaries were invited including the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White, Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Geary and Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld.
Superintendent Barry Halliday, said: “The end result is outstanding. Despite the fact these facilities are incredible we only want to book offenders in once. We want people to take into consideration the totality of their crime, because what we try to do is break the cycle of offending.”
In the cells messages aim to persuade criminals to take into account the totality of their offences and they are echoed around the facility and on the walls leading to the courtroom as well.
Sir Stuart said: “I am enormously impressed by what we’ve seen so far. This serves as a useful opportunity for me to say what a fantastic job you do. So I am delighted to come along and say thank you on behalf of the entire community.
“Having a facility to back up your professionalism is very important.”
Mr White said: “Milton Keynes is lucky to have such a professional group of people because one service can not work on its own and this has all worked in a seamless fashion.
“As Milton Keynes continues to grow our services need to as well, that is important to the future. We need to take the good from the past and bring it forward.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld, said: “Milton Keynes has the largest crime area in Thames Valley so it is right we have state of the art facilities here. This project came in on budget and on time, everyone did an excellent job, Thames Valley always gets it right.
For a gallery of pictures from the opening of the new Custody Suite follow the link.