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West Division Police Headquarters officially opened

The new West Division Police Headquarters in Blackpool has been officially opened in memory of the fallen officers across Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, Lancaster and Morecambe.

The National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO) was joined by families of fallen officers when they announced the building open.

Lancashire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: “It is fitting that the building is open in memory of our fallen officers in West Division. As we look ahead, we need to remember those that have lost their lives in the line of duty or otherwise.

“Our officers carry out acts of bravery on a daily basis and today we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice with pride and admiration.”

Christine Pickard, Chairperson of the Blackpool and District Branch of NARPO added: "The National Association of Retired Police Officers represents over 90,000 retired Police Officers and their widows and widowers. The main objectives of NARPO are protecting members’ rights and promoting measures for their welfare. Retiring from the Police Service can bring many challenges, and NARPO is there to help members manage work, leisure and starting life anew.

“It is a tremendous honour for the Blackpool and District Branch of NARPO to be asked to open the new police station especially as it is dedicated to the memory of fallen officers, starting with the entrance in Gerry Richardson Way.”

Building started on the site of the new headquarters, located on Gerry Richardson Way off Clifton Road, in December 2016. Construction was completed in June last year, with staff moving over from Bonny Street Police Station on a phased basis. The front counter opened its doors on 23 July 2018.

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