A new base has been confirmed for police to operate from in Whitley Bay.
Northumbria Police has approved plans to move neighbourhood officers to a facility in Park View shopping centre following public consultation.
We welcome this decision as it means the neighbourhood team will retain a strong central presenceNeighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray
The new ground floor premises will have a front office facility, open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
The move is expected to take place later this year with the current station in Laburnum Avenue sold off.
Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray: “We welcome this decision as it means the neighbourhood team will retain a strong central presence.
“We are committed to continuing to deliver a high quality policing service for our communities and this move will help us achieve this.”
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird reached this decision to re-locate the team after carefully considering the views of local people.
Residents were asked to give their feedback about the plans, after visiting a display in the Whitley Bay Customer First Centre last month, and completing a comments card.
Other people also gave their input on the plans after speaking to officers at local events and community drop-ins.
Mrs Baird said: “We took into account a range of views from local residents, businesses and community groups.
“We wanted to ensure that neighbourhood officers remain a highly visible policing resource in a location which is accessible for people to visit, to make it easy for residents and other people to continue to get the policing service they need from their officers.
“It was heartening to see that many comments were fully supportive of the move and the reasons behind it.
“We have ensured that there is parking within the shopping centre for operational vehicles.
“We want to reassure people that before we proposed the shopping centre site we looked at a number of alternatives including sharing premises with other public sector partners.
“However, we found by pursuing this we could not get the accessible central location which is of primary importance to residents and our officers.
“It’s also important that the police service gets value for money from the limited resources available.
“This means making sure the buildings we use are efficient to run, we have found that many of our older stations are expensive to maintain.”