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Hampshire Police unveil new 'relaxation' interview suites

Hampshire Constabulary have opened two newly refurbished victim and interview (VWI) suites at their Support and Training Headquarters in Netley.

The 'Bright Spaces' aim to create a welcoming environment that helps victims feel at ease, when giving vital information that could assist officers with their work and bringing criminals to justice.

They include art and craft supplies, games, relaxation toys and books and the suites was officially unveiled by the Force's Assistant Chief Constable, Ben Snuggs and Bright Horizons, Operations Director, Jackie Kendall yesterday (28/01/20).

DI Matthew Watson said:

“We are delighted with the new Bright Spaces that have been created at our VWI suites.

“The new furnishings and toys that have been provided by The Foundation have transformed our interview rooms into welcoming, comfortable spaces that will help to support children and vulnerable adults at a time when they need it most.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in helping us create these suites and for helping us to care for our communities.”

Jackie Kendall said:

“We are delighted to have opened these Bright Spaces for the Hampshire Constabulary, and hope they will positively impact their vital work across Hampshire to keep vulnerable children safe and supported.”

The project was made possible by the Facilities Manager for Bright Horizons, Sue Brown, following a fundraiser trek in China that raised thousands of pounds.

A grant from the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children also made the project a reality.

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