A DOZEN new cells have been officially opened at Motherwell police office.
Stephen House, recently appointed to be the first Chief Constable of the new Police Service of Scotland, visited the station to open the extension.
The new cells are part of a £3 million upgrade of custodial facilities in Motherwell, Coatbridge and Clydebank, and doubles the number of cells at the local office to 24.
The additional 12 new modular custody cells will address the current prisoner demand, and can be moved elsewhere if required.
As well as the new cells, the existing custody centre has undergone improvements to maximise the safety of staff, officers and offenders, including a new CCTV system and an intercom facility to allow prisoners to speak with staff.
Chief Constable Stephen House said: “Officers will spend less time supervising and moving prisoners and more time patrolling their local communities.
“Modular cell buildings are a new approach to prisoner and staff facilities and are an important investment for the Force.”
Chief Superintendent Nelson Telfer, Divisional Commander of North Lanarkshire, added: “Multiple cell occupancy had become an issue for the Motherwell area, so there was a need to upgrade and modernise the custody facilities.
“The improvements will help with the management of prisoners throughout North Lanarkshire and beyond.”