Visitors to Ferring Library will soon be able to speak to their local police officers as well as pick up or drop off their books.
Sussex Police’s Community Police Hub in Ferring will shortly re-locate to Ferring Library in Ferring Street.
The Police Community Hub within Ferring Library will enable the public to access the same services that have been available to residents but in a more convenient location.
Building work is due to start at the library on Monday, June 8 and will take three weeks to complete. The library will remain open and the most disruptive work will be done out of hours.
The works will provide a room at the library for patrolling officers and police community support officers to use for administration purposes.
It will include an open plan area and small office for Sussex Police local volunteers and give members of the community a welcoming and up-to-date environment to make contact with the police.
As part of the works, library staff will be relocating reading materials currently shelved in the affected area and are exploring any additional requirements this shared use might require.
David Barling, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, which includes libraries, said: “We have some really successful examples of police working from our other libraries elsewhere in the county – most notably in Broadfield in Crawley.
“I know that members of the local community in Ferring will welcome this initiative, and its success will be another clear indication of what can be achieved when working with our partners.”
Acting District Commander for Arun, Chief Inspector Justin Burtenshaw said: “This is an exciting opportunity to bring local policing into the heart of the community. It is important that our new Police Hub will enable officers to hold surgery and appointments in a location that is accessible to all. I am confident that this will be an excellent addition to the local community.”
Ferring Library will continue to offer a normal service for the duration of the works, which should be completed over a period of three weeks.