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Search Continues for Police Front Desk Solution After One Saved in Dorset

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7:27am 13th January 2014

It looks like one of Dorset Police's front desks could be saved from closing.

A public consultation on plans to get rid of the front of house has been running since November (2013).

Dorset Police say they've received significant feedback since they announced the planned changes last year and they'll now look to retain a front desk in Bournemouth.

It's still a slightly different picture in South and West Dorset.

The Force is still exploring a partnership with an agency in the public sector who can share their building.

Dorset Police says getting rid of front desks will save them 500 thousand pounds - that's the equivalent of 10 front line officers.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson says they're still keen to hear from people about the proposed changes and stressed no final decisions have been made yet;

"It is evident that the proposed changes to our public front counter services have generated much local interest and we are grateful for the feedback received. We are keen to hear from the public, elected members and partners about the revised proposed changes to public front counter service and I'd like to reiterate that no final decisions have been made.

"Other suitable alternative provisions will continue to be made available, including the telephone facility which will remain at all stations as a means for the public to make direct contact with the Force Command Centre.

"There will also be further promotion of the non-emergency contact number (101) and improved contact via the Dorset Police Website. We remain committed to the provision of local policing throughout the county. "

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

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