Surrey Police is embarking on a four year programme to modernise its estate and facilities, with a new Surrey Police headquarters and operational base to be built in Leatherhead.

The former Electrical Research Association (ERA) and Cobham Industries site on Cleeve Road, Leatherhead has been bought to replace a number of existing sites, including the current HQ at Mount Browne in Guildford, following a detailed search to identify a location in a more central area of Surrey. 

The new site will become an operational hub housing specialist teams as well as chief officers and senior leadership team, support, corporate functions and training facilities. It will replace the existing Mount Browne HQ and Woking Police Station in addition to replacing Reigate Police Station as the main Eastern divisional base. Neighbourhood Policing Teams will continue to operate from all eleven boroughs including Woking and Reigate. Further sites at Burpham and Godstone where the Roads Policing Team and Tactical Firearms Unit are based will also be moved to the new location. 

The sale of those five sites will fund a significant proportion of the cost of buying and developing the new Leatherhead base and the Force hopes the new building will be fully operational in around four to five years’ time. The Cleeve Road site, which covers around 10 acres, cost £20.5m to purchase.  

In their place, an efficient estate will be created that will allow the Force to work in new ways and meet the challenges of modern policing. The new site will also benefit from being a more central location in the county in close proximity to the M25 and the town’s railway station. 

The new HQ will also provide a central Surrey hub for Roads Policing and Tactical Firearms teams. Guildford and Staines police stations will be retained, accommodating Western and Northern divisional teams. 

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