Gloucestershire Constabulary’s new investigative hub, Prism House, was officially opened by the county’s High Sheriff Roger Head this afternoon. It will be home to a number of the Constabulary’s investigative teams.

The opening of Prism House by Roger Head, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, near Waterwell HQ, Quedgeley, on Monday 13th July

Performing the opening ceremony, Dr. Head said,

“This shows what can be achieved when you have the right people in place who can take advantage of economic opportunities when they present themselves.

“Along with our state of the art custody building, it must be the envy of other police forces around the country and as a Gloucester boy I am privileged and proud to be here”. 

Suzette Davenport, Chief Constable,with Martin Surl,Police and Crime Commissioner,and Bernie Kinsella,right, Detective Chief Superintendent, at the opening of Prism House by Roger Head,left, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, near Waterwell HQ, Quedgeley, on Monday 13th July

 

It has been a whirlwind transformation for the three storey property in Davy Way, Gloucester, previously occupied by photographic film firm Kodak. It was snapped-up by Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl for £1.7m last year and converted at a further cost of around £1.8 million.

The building has been refurbished to a higher specification than recommended in previous plans put forward by the former Police Authority, which involved constructing a brand new building on a 2.8 acre site at an estimated cost of around £5.6m, meaning an overall saving of £2.1m.

The deal also meant the building could be up and running 2-3 three years ahead of schedule

Mr. Surl said,

“What I am trying to do is secure the long term future of the Constabulary.

“With the support of the Chief Constable, who is doing a fantastic job on the operational side, we are making sure our buildings are fit for purpose not just for the next one or two years but for generations”.

Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said,

“This is part of the development of the Waterwells Campus, to bring as much as we can of our specialist investigative resources into a centralised location where we have the best facilities and people dedicated to serving Gloucestershire”.

“It’s about bringing our specialisms together – along with custody, specialist crime and protective services – to deliver the best we can for the people of Gloucestershire”.

Suzette Davenport, Chief Constable,with Martin Surl,Police and Crime Commissioner,and Bernie Kinsella,right, Detective Chief Superintendent, at the opening of Prism House by Roger Head, High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, near Waterwell HQ, Quedgeley, on Monday 13th July

 

Det Ch Supt Bernie Kinsella, Head of Specialist Crime Operations said,

“Bringing together a number of specialist teams and investigators on to the Waterwells Estate under one roof makes operational sense.

“It will also enable us to improve and build on the service we give to victims of the most serious crimes”.

Safeguarding and improving police buildings is part of the Commissioner’s aim of providing a secure, long-term future for the Constabulary. A new custody block, Compass House, was opened in January to replace ageing cells in Gloucester and Cheltenham – also at a much lower cost than previously budgeted.

Work is continuing to secure other properties and sites around the county, particularly in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean and further announcements are expected in the near future.

Among the guests L-R: John Bennett, Chris Merrick, Sally Crook, Bernie Kinsella, John Jeynes who at some time in their careers held the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent and were in charge of Gloucestershire CID. Bernie Kinsella is the current head of specialist crime