BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
    You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
 Wednesday, 22 January, 2003, 15:12 GMT
Mobile police station 'first in UK'
Assistant Chief Constable Mike Gianassi, inside the station
The force's mobile station is fitted with glass cells
Police on Merseyside were taking a mobile station - fitted with armour-plated glass cells - on the road on Wednesday.

It is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK and is based on a similar version used by New York's transport police.

The 32-foot-long unit is designed to help officers tackle drug crime and anti-social behaviour on Liverpool's streets.

It is fitted with a counter, interview room and two detention areas that are big enough to hold nine people.

Police are taking firm steps to tackle the issues that matter most to residents

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Giannasi
Officers will be able to deal with offenders on scene, which should leave less paperwork to do and more time to spend on street patrol, said the force.

Police aim to disrupt drugs markets and provide immediate support and reassurance for local communities.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Giannasi said: "We see the portable station as the harder edge of neighbourhood policing, enabling us to respond quickly," he said.

Areas tour

"Our message is that when the station is near you, you can be reassured that police are taking firm steps to tackle the issues that matter most to residents."

The unit will spend a week in each of the policing areas initially, arriving first in Liverpool South. Areas can then bid for more permanent visits.

It can be used for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, over extended periods of time if it is needed.

The station also has high-security CCTV fitted, is made of thick steel plating and will be linked directly to the force's computer systems.

  WATCH/LISTEN
  ON THIS STORY
  The BBC's Andy Gill
"They call it the tank, or the pod, but it is a police station"

Click here to go to Liverpool
See also:

04 Dec 02 | England
12 Nov 02 | England
31 Oct 02 | England
18 Sep 02 | England
12 Sep 02 | England
08 Feb 02 | England
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


 E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes