Leicestershire Police have taken up residence in Buckminster after being offered the use of the old blacksmith’s shop by the owners, Buckminster Estate.
The office will provide a base for local officers to work from and be visible and available to the local community.
Inspector Gavin Drummond, neighbourhood policing commander for the eastern counties, said: “One of my key priorities is to ensure that the dedicated neighbourhood officers are as visible in the local communities as possible. In rural locations this can present some challenges, so to be offered the opportunity by the Buckminster Estate to have a purpose-built office in the heart of Buckminster and close by to a number of villages is something that I am delighted about.
“The office will provide the local officers with the ability to have somewhere to visit and work from, enabling better consultation and engagement with the local community. I wish to thank everyone at Buckminster Estate for their support in providing the office.”
Stuart Coleman, of Buckminster Estate, added: “Buckminster is one of the most eastern villages in Leicestershire with the nearest police station in Melton Mowbray being nearly 10 miles away, and although we don’t encounter a vast amount of problems here, the distance has always been a big concern.
“We hope that the new police presence within the village will reassure the local residents and be a positive addition to the area.”
The office was officially opened on Thursday.
For office opening times, visit www.leics.police.uk/local-policing/melton-rural-north