How Policing Has Changed (24)

Today’s phrase from our little book ‘One In For D & D’ is ‘The Lane’. It was not uncommon in the past for police officers to spend significant periods of their service at particular police stations. Both Steve & Mike served substantial periods of time at Steelhouse Lane Police Station in Birmingham City Centre which was affectionately known as ‘The Lane’. Built for Birmingham City Police it opened in 1933 as their Central Police S

tation, replacing a Victorian station on the same site. For around sixty years it even had a licensed bar in the basement allowing officers to drink when not on duty. The station closed to the public in 2017. Unfortunately local police stations are fast becoming a thing of the past as the drive for financial cut-backs and centralisation has gripped the service.

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