Changes are planned for Uckfield Police Station which could see the present building in Newtown closed and a new site found for townspeople to meet police officers.
The change is part of a county-wide scheme unveiled yesterday (June 25) by the police and crime commissioner, Katy Bourne, and chief constable, Martin Richards.
Part of the plan sees police stations re-named to reflect which services the public will find there.
Sussex Police said: “Services from this location (Uckfield) will be re-provided as a public contact point, neighbourhood policing base and operational base, ideally from a nearby site shared with partners.
“The public will be able to access front counter services from the public contact point.
“Our neighbourhood policing teams will work from here meaning they will be based within the community.”
A public contact point is defined as: ”People can expect to find the same front counter service as a police station, but most likely alongside partner organisations such as the local authority, as found currently at Hove Town Hall. It is likely the Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be based here.”
Uckfield Police Station is under 1,000sq m. It has been earmarked for replacement due to its “location and condition”.
Police and Crime Commissioner Bourne said: “In the 21st century people access police services in many different ways and so we are looking to reduce the number of out-dated and expensive police stations. We will replace them with community hubs and public contact points where a number of public services can be accessed in one location.
“The five-year plan is about making the best use of our resources and ensuring we have buildings that maximise the use of technology and are easily accessible for the public.”
Chief Constable Richards said: “Many people are attached to our traditional police stations, but they’re often not convenient for people to get to. People have told us they want to see more of their Neighbourhood Policing Team out in their community and to be able to talk to them at a convenient location, rather than having to travel to a police station and waiting to see someone at the front counter.
“With the opening of community hubs and public contact points, officers will play a more visible and accessible role in the community. People can expect a better service, as we’ll be working jointly with partners to identify and tackle any problems.
“We can offer the guarantee that where police stations provide a front counter service the Force will not take this away without providing an alternative way for people to contact us in person that matches or improves upon the existing service. In some areas this will mean there will be more places to drop in or make appointments to see us.”