The Rose Hill, Iffley and Littlemore Neighbourhood Policing Team has moved from their current office in The Oval into the dedicated police office in Rose Hill Community Centre.
The move, which took place on Wednesday (30/08), makes the community centre a more complete hub for residents, being already home to Rose Hill and Donnington Advice Centre, Rose Hill Social Club, a community library, gym, and youth and community groups.
Inspector Chris Simpson, Head of the Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Members of the team, led by Sgts Steve Why and Kate Parker-Towle, and made up of three PCs and five PCSOs, are already a familiar sight in the centre, and have been really looking forward to having a permanent home in Oxford’s flagship community hub.
“Anyone using the centre, who wants to speak to the team about any local concerns, crime prevention, or policing advice in general, should feel free to come up to the office on the first floor, or just chat to the team when they’re around the centre, or making the most of the excellent café facilities.”
Ed Turner, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council and ward councillor for Rose Hill, said: “It is very good news that Thames Valley Police is taking a base in our new community centre. Our local police team is an important part of the community, and having a local base helps them use their time most effectively, and also increases their visibility. It is also positive that the move will release a council flat for someone who needs it.”
Rose Hill Community Centre is one of the examples of Oxford City Council’s efforts to build stronger communities through providing improved community facilities.
To further this corporate objective, the City Council is soon to complete a £4.5m refurbishment of Oxford’s sports pavilions; and next year will start work on a £500,000 revamp of Bullingdon Community Centre.
In the coming years, the City Council is planning multi-million pound investments in East Oxford Community Centre, Blackbird Leys Community Centre and Barton Neighbourhood Centre.