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Police Stations and Custody Blocks (632A/23)


Could you please provide me with the following information:

  1. The number of police stations in your force area 2. The number of police stations in your force area which have closed down since 2011 (please state if any have subsequently reopened) 3. The number of cells available for permanent use in your force area 4. The number of cells mothballed or in only temporary use in your force area


Please find attached our response.  Please also see the following link which you may find useful: Police cells reopen as arrests rise across West Midlands | News | West Midlands Police (

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.