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Review into Cutting Police Station Hours in Dorset

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8:04am 7th October 2013

Some of Dorset Police's desk enquiry offices are set to close and others are to reduce opening times.

The changes could save the force half a million pounds.

As part of a review of services it's found some enquiry offices get very few visits a day with most people using either either phone or the force website to make contact.

Now they're consulting about the details and are asking us to email our comments.

Chief constable Debbie Simpson say they're committed to providing the best possible service while giving value for money. She's also pledged it won't mean station closures and they'll retain what she calls 'a policing footprint' in every town in Dorset'

In a statement released this morning she goes on to say, "We are acutely aware that any changes to local policing, particularly those affecting station enquiry offices, are likely to generate considerable discussion. It is for this reason that Dorset Police will be in communication with key stakeholders over the coming weeks.

"I hope that this engagement will help to inform all of our communities of the rationale for change and also help to identify gaps in provision and how we can fill them.

"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."

Members of the public wishing to provide feedback are encouraged to email consultation@dorset.pnn.police.uk.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: "Dorset Police is the fourth lowest spending Force in England and Wales and there is no doubt that difficult choices need to be made. However, I am committed to ensuring that the Force makes the best use of reducing resources to deliver a service that reflects the needs of our communities.

"It is for this reason that the Chief and I recently agreed to make improvements to the 101 non-emergency service. This work has already led to improvements and, given that over three-quarters of the public prefer to contact Dorset Police by telephone, we will not be complacent.

"I am also working with the Force to introduce a Victims' Bureau, which enables Dorset Police to support victims of crime and ASB during their journey through the criminal justice system.

"Of course, 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 county."

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