A new shower block has opened at Stirling Police Station after concerns were raised about the “diabolical and unhygienic” facilities officers were being forced to use.
Staff based at the Randolphfield office were previously left using a former prisoners’ cell complex and showers due to the condition of the station’s locker room.
Mould covered large sections of the walls of the staff changing room, which was first highlighted to Police Scotland chiefs in October 2018.
Due to a lack of funding, work to tackle the problem only began in May this year.
In the meantime, staff had no access to operational showers or changing facilities and had to use the former prisoners’ cells and showers before going out on the job.
The custody suite at Stirling Police Station was closed on health and safety and fire risk grounds in 2017.
People in custody are now transported to a ‘hub’ at Falkirk Police Station or the nearest alternative.
Work on the upgraded shower block was completed earlier this month after concerns were raised by staff and the Scottish Police Federation.
Chief Superintendent Thom McLoughlin, Divisional Commander said: “Stirling Police Station has recently completed the refurbishment of its shower block facilities, which is a welcome upgrade to our estate.
“More and more staff across the Forth Valley Division are choosing to cycle or run to work, which is great to see and an important part of the well-being of staff.
“The new shower block will ensure staff have appropriate facilities at the station whenever they need them.”
Grant McDowall, secretary of the east area committee with the Scottish Police Federation, said: “We are delighted to see the upgraded shower and changing facilities at Stirling Police Station.
“It is heartening to see that the concerns we previously raised with the force have been taken on board and that work has been undertaken to address them.
“Having access to suitable shower facilities is an important part of officer well-being and go a long way to making a sometimes difficult job that little bit more comfortable.”