cambspoliceCambridgeshire Police has agreed to rent part of one of its stations to the Cambridgeshire Learning Disability Partnership to provide a drop-in centre.

The constabulary wants to charge £16,000 per year to use the space in St Ives Police Station because the building is “currently under-utilised”, according to a report in Cambridge News.  

Accommodation currently falls well short
A spokesman for the Cambridgeshire Learning Disability Partnership told the Cambridge News: "The police station accommodation would enable us to provide high class day services and support for local people with learning disabilities within their local community.

"Currently provision is provided in accommodation which falls well short of modern standards and the expectations of services users, parents and carers and we have been looking for some time for a new location which would enable us to modernise how and where we provide day services for people with a range of learning disabilities."

Part of the force's economy drive
The proposal, approved by Sir Graham Bright, Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (pictured), is for the county council to rent and use the back of the building as part of the force’s economy drive.

The move, scheduled for November, would also result in a separate entrance at the rear of the building and a door between the police office and the centre to allow officers access to the toilet and kitchen.