Policy think tank, the IPPR has launched a project to raise the ante in the design of police stations, as the government embarks on a major programme of investment.
The centrepiece of the project will be a conference attended by criminologists, designers, police officers and policy makers, and introduced by the minister of state for crime reduction, Hazel Blears.
The seminar, 'Reinventing the police station', will take place in March with the support of CABE.
'Our work in this area promises to be timely, ' IPPR senior research fellow Ben Rogers said. 'Unprecedented amounts of money are being invested in the police estate.
The Home Office is to draw up new guidelines for the design of police stations and CABE is about to start advising a number of police forces on the development of new buildings.
'We hope this project will support and shape these developments, ' he added.
Rogers said that despite the severe constraints in the design of police stations - tight budgets and security issues - there were ways to make police facilities friendlier, more welcoming places that foster better exchanges between the police and the public.