Dorset Police Stations to be Replaced with "Hubs" to Save Money
12:46pm 18th December 2012
(Updated 12:48pm 18th December 2012)
A number of Police Stations and Offices are set to close in Dorset to save ten million pounds over the next 2 years.
The newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill and Chief Constable Debbie Simpson held a press conference this morning (Tuesday 18th December) outlining new plans to save money on the budget.
The force has already made savings of £10 million but will need to double that amount by 2014/15.
Chief Constable Debbie Simpson told Wessex FM they plan to replace stations with local Police hubs across 7 particular areas across the county to save money on the budget.
"We're looking at providing our service in a different way. In terms of response Policing we're looking to hub officers. Which means Officers and Staff will start duty at those hubs and then go out to areas that they're normally Policing and respond from there. That does mean certain stations and offices we currently will not be used for response policing in the future."
Speaking at the conference this morning Martyn Underhill they knew about these cuts for a while but agreed to implement them after the Olympics. He said they’re preparing for further cuts that were suggested in the Chancellors Autumn statement. Plus, cuts of 5% to 7% are also expected in the new government spending review.