Daventry could get a new police station

Police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds pictured at Police HQ, Wootton Hall.
Police and crime commissioner Adam Simmonds pictured at Police HQ, Wootton Hall.
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The police and crime commissioner has revealed that plans are being looked at for a new police station in Daventry.

Adam Simmonds, who is in the role for Northamptonshire, revealed the news as he reflected on a year in the job.

He explained that he had two main priorities for the Daventry district over the coming years.

Mr Simmonds said: “We are very aware there are plans to redevelop the town and we have been in discussions with Daventry District Council about if there is a place we could build a new police station.

“A lot of the officers on the ground say it is very difficult to get out on to New Street because of the traffic and therefore can not get to incidents as quickly as they would like.

“I would also say that these are very early discussions and there is nothing decided yet on this plan.”

He also explained that he was looking to get more police officers on the beat.

Mr Simmonds said: “One of the biggest challenges I have got is to get more police officers on the streets and yet I do not have the extra resources to be able to recruit any new staff.

“Therefore I am hoping that we will be able to have a 1,000 extra special constables on the streets.

“I am hoping these will be in place in 2016 and all of us will be working very hard to achieve this.

“I am not able to say how many of those will be in the Daventry district but they will be proportioned out across the county.

He is also keen to give the victims of crime a fairer deal from the criminal justice system.

Mr Simmonds added: “One of my other priorities for across the county has been to put victims at the heart of everything we do and that they are much more the focus for us going forward.”

The police and crime commissioners have come in for criticism from many people for being a waste of money and Mr Simmonds insists he represents good value.

He said: “The people of Northamptonshire have never had someone who works 24 hours a day, seven days a week and as hard as I do on their behalf.

“I live in the county. I am invested in this area and want to make it better for everyone here.”