The keys to a police office in a Lincoln village have been presented to the local parish council on a lease lasting for the next two decades.
Lincolnshire Police’s community office in Nettleham has been handed to the parish council, with neighbourhood officers now based at the force’s HQ on the edge of the village.
The lease, which lasts for the next 21 years, should save the force a small amount of money.
Nettleham Parish Council will take responsibility for all maintenance costs, and will pay a peppercorn rent to the force for use of the building.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick said: “The transfer of the premises is for the benefit of the community. It includes the option of flexible police use and supports our community safety working and the sharing of public assets in support of strong local communities.
“In agreement with Nettleham Parish Council we will still have access to the facility should we need it for meetings.”
Chief Constable Neil Rhodes said “The officers will still be present in the community they serve and it is a win all round for us and the local community.”
Nettleham Parish Councillor Terry Williams added: “It will mean that the community can be provided with a more efficient service and we are very grateful that we now have a permanent base in the centre of our village.”