Dorset Police to consider closing front desks in budget cuts
DORSET Police are looking at closing desks at police stations amid budget cuts.
The Force believes the station desk enquiry offices are an under-utilised resource – receiving just a few visits each day.
Proposals including withdrawing some desk offices and reducing opening times at others could save Dorset Police around £500,000.
Chief Constable of Dorset Police Debbie Simpson said: “We are acutely aware that any changes to local policing, particularly those affecting station enquiry offices, are likely to generate considerable discussion.
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“I would like to reassure members of the public that no final decisions have been made regarding station desk office provision in Dorset. However, we have to meet a very challenging budgetary situation and we are committed to providing the best possible service while reflecting true demand and value for money.
“I would also like to stress that the potential closure of station desks does not mean the closure of the police stations themselves. The Force continues to ensure that there is a policing footprint in every town in Dorset.”
Members of the public can give their feedback on the proposals by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
A survey carried out by Dorset Police showed 77 per cent of the public prefer to contact the police by telephone – with 75 per cent calling the non-emergency number, 101.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill added: “Dorset Police is the fourth lowest spending Force in England and Wales and there is no doubt that difficult choices need to be made.
“It’s important to me that we listen to all our communities as part of the engagement process and I’d urge anyone with suggestions or concerns to provide feedback.
“There are many ways to do this, including at the various public engagement forums that I hold across the country.”