A NEW Police Investigation Centre (PIC) is opening in Bury St Edmunds this week.
The centre will be officially opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lord Tollemache, on Thursday July 7.
It is one of six to open across Norfolk and Suffolk.
The centre, which will have 24 holding cells, follows openings in Aylsham, Wymondham, Kings Lynn and Martlesham.
The project hopes to create a reduction in the time police officers spend in custody by no longer processing detainees at the police station.
It is hoped it will free up officer’s time so they can direct their efforts more towards policing the streets.
Head of Custody for all six new Investigation Centres, Chief Inspector Roger Wiltshire said: “Conditions for all our staff who work in custody will be significantly improved, with the PICs contributing significantly to the ethos of providing excellent local services.
“The PICs will allow our specialist police officers, staff and investigators to question suspects and hold them in custody within a modern building, resulting in a far more cost effective and seamless policing service.
“The opening of four of our six PICs had gone well, and we are pleased with the way officers are starting to use the facilities.”