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New Haringey police custody suite in Wood Green officially opens

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 December 2013

The new custody suite opens for business at Wood Green police station. Picture: Tony Gay

The new custody suite opens for business at Wood Green police station. Picture: Tony Gay

TONY GAY at tonephote@aol.com

The first detainees have been welcomed to the new cells at Haringey’s police custody suite in Wood Green.

The view of the cells through a cell window at the new custody suite. Picture: Tony GayThe view of the cells through a cell window at the new custody suite. Picture: Tony Gay

The purpose-built facility in the High Road contains 40 cells and will replace the outdated custody suites at Hornsey and Tottenham police stations, which only provided 20 cells for the borough and were regularly full, leaving police to spend valuable time driving suspects to cells in other boroughs.

The building also houses Haringey’s CID officers, including the burglary squad, robbery squad and Community Safety Unit with support services from the Criminal Justice Unit.

The new custody suite also boasts eight consultation rooms, eight interview rooms, a discreet charging room if privacy is required, two private telephone booths for detainees, a meal preparation room and a healthcare practitioners’ room.

Police staff can now “speak” to those whose first language is not English using a board which asks questions in several tongues. Detainees fill in information that is sent directly to the custody sergeant’s computer.

The recently refurbished and extended Wood Green police station. Picture: Tony GayThe recently refurbished and extended Wood Green police station. Picture: Tony Gay

The new building will not, however, have a front counter open to the public. Front counter servies can be found at Tottenham and Hornsey police stations, and the Fishmongers’ Arms in Wood Green.

Acting Insp Steve Tunnard, Wood Green custody suite manager, said: “The new custody suite is staffed by a permanent full-time team of police officers and dedicated detention officers. Already we have been busy with detainees arrested in Haringey but we will also deal with prisoners for officers from central units.”

Ch Insp Jude Beehag-Fisher added: “The new custody suite is an investment in the future of policing in Haringey Borough... [It] will be a one-stop shop for custody services.

“We will have CID officers on site to provide expertise on investigating offences and we will speed up the time taken to process a prisoner as we are all under one roof. Wood Green custody suite will be an investigative centre of excellence”.

For more photos ‘behind the scenes’ of the custody suite, click here.

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