Andover Police Station was opened from 10 o'clock to 4 o'clock on Saturday for an Open Day.
"This was a theme day around engagement with the community, but it was a great showcase for what the police can do. There were a stall promoting crime prevention, a stall on Countryside Watch, and there were dog handlers, fingerprint takers as well as other partners such as the Fire Service in attendance".
A large number of people turned up, and many were interested in a tour of the cell block and custody suite.
"I welcome this opportunity for the police to build bridges with the local community, and I was particularly interested to hear what Alan McCaffery was doing on the Countrywatch front. Farmers contact me from time to time about rural issues, for example, poaching, dog racing and fly-tipping, and it was good to hear what the local police are doing to combat these problems."
"As the local MP, I get relatively few complaints about the police service in Andover, and I was interested to hear how they are focussing their activities to cope with the problems of our time - for example the recession is driving up opportunistic crime such as shoplifting, and the police are well aware of this and are responding accordingly".