Police commissioner joins visitors in rare tour of town’s police station

Olly Martins at Grefriars open day.
Olly Martins at Grefriars open day.

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins joined members of the public for a rare behind-the-scenes tour of Bedford’s police station.

Commissioner Martins visited Greyfriars Police Station on Saturday, September 13 as it opened its doors to the public to give local people a better understanding of the workings of a police station.

Residents young and old packed into the police station to witness first-hand the work of a number of policing departments. These included Scenes of Crime, Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Capability, Police Cadets and Roads Policing. Organisers also opened the station’s old custody facilities to give those attending a close up view of a police cell and members of the recruitment team were on hand to discuss the wide range of jobs available within the force.

Many officers and police staff gave up their rest days to attend the event and help visitors understand their role better and the job they do to keep Bedfordshire safe.

Commissioner Martins said: “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the local people who supported this event and answering their questions on crime and safety. This event demonstrates the strong and positive relationship that exists between the police and local residents who really seemed to appreciate the work they do to protect them.

“There is immense value in opening the doors up in this way to provide the public with a more realistic impression of the day-to-day running of a police station. I’m pleased it was such a resounding success.”