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New police point set to open at Erlestoke Prison
3:10pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Latest News
A new police point will soon open in the grounds of Erlestoke Prison, after the project was commissioned in a bid to reduce the number of illegal substances entering the prison.
The police point will operate from a mobile hub outside the perimeter fence of the prison and will be a base for officers patrolling the area.
In recent years, the prison has worked hard to reduce the amount of drugs entering the establishment and this initiative will enhance this drive to ensure HMP Erlestoke is a safe community for offenders and staff.
The police point has been established with the support of Her Majesty’s Prison Service, Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and Erlestoke Parish Council.
Head of Drug Strategy and Healthcare Provision at HMP Erlestoke Gary Reed said: “This initiative shows that we are not only determined to stamp out the issue of drugs in the prison but that we will work with our partners to do so.
“The police point will be a great addition to the prison as it will act as a deterrent to those intent on breaking the law but will also offer some community reassurance to the local population.
“We already have a robust drugs policy in place at the prison and this hub will further reinforce this.”
The police point will be officially opened on Monday 9 September.
Wiltshire Police Inspector for Devizes Matt Armstrong said: “This is a great initiative as it enables police officers to work remotely from their main station whilst out on patrol in support of the community and HMP Erlestoke.”
Councillor Keith Humphries, cabinet member for public protection at Wiltshire Council, said: "We welcome this initiative and believe this is a good example of partnership working for the benefit of our communities."
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