With the police estate undergoing dramatic change, this report examines the ways police buildings shape people's confidence in the police, their fear of crime and sense of security, and identifies means of raising standards in the design and management of the police estate.

The police have a proud design history, but they have failed, recently, to build on it. All too often police facilities send off the wrong messages about the attitudes and working of the police.

Reinventing the Police Station argues that there needs to be something close to a revolution in the way the police and the Home Office approach police buildings - that they have to become much more sensitive to the contribution the estate can make to strengthening relations between the police and citizens, and reassuring the public.