KEYS to a new £14million police headquarters have been handed over.
Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg and Durham Constabulary Chief Constable Mike Barton have taken ownership of the building next to its existing base at Aykley Heads, Durham.
It will house 600-plus staff and hold departments including its communications centre and support functions.
The replacement headquarters, built by Kier Construction, was commissioned due to the rising cost of maintaining the existing complex, built in 1968.
Mr Barton said: “We are delighted that the build schedule for the new headquarters has run so efficiently and that we have now taken hold of the keys.
“We will begin to move our furniture and then staff in, and expect to be fully relocated by mid-September.”