Saturday, 12 October 2013

Saltcoats Police Office - front desk closure during early hours?

A Police Scotland review could see the public counter at Saltcoats Police Office closed between midnight and 7:00am.

The force has launched a four-week public consultation to gauge reaction to proposals that would affect offices across the country.  The officer behind the initiative, Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson, said, “We want to hear feedback from the public, elected members and partners in both the voluntary and statutory sectors.  Information about our proposals has been loaded onto the Police Scotland website and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.  All the details about how to contact us are on the website but I’ll repeat the dedicated email address again -

“The salient point is that my review of the public counter provision is definitely not about closing entire police station buildings.  My review is about rationalising the front counter provision and making front counter opening hours consistent across the country and it’s absolutely geared toward meeting local demand.  It’s also about keeping as many police officers as possible out on the street, where they belong, keeping people safe”

Saltcoats Police Office in Glencairn Street was included in a survey carried out last year by the former Strathclyde Police.  The Public Counter Review examined how the general public engaged with their local police office and found that, at Saltcoats, the least number of callers were between the hours of midnight and 7:00am.  The Police Scotland proposals, if implemented following the public consultation, would see the front desk at Saltcoats Police Office closed between these hours.

During any front desk closure, members of the public could still contact the police by calling the new standard number 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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