Supermarkets within London could have police stations opening on their sites as part of the Met’s plans for new police facilities in local communities and close to crime hot spots.
As part of its Building Towards The Safest City initiative, the Met plans to sell and lease some of its buildings and replace them with new facilities in partnerships with the private sector.
Metropolitan Police Property Services director Alan Croney said the result would be a modern, flexible and affordable police estate with space for rising police numbers.
“There are already numerous examples of how the police estate is changing,” he said. “This covers everything from a police station in a supermarket to leasing modern office space.”
Humberside Police opened a ‘cop shop’ in the car park at Asda’s Grimsby store in May 2003 with a second opening at its Swansea store a month later. Asda also has regular ‘bobby lobbies’ where police officers come into store to talk to customers about crime issues.