Options for front office cover at Dorset police stations explored by force chiefs

Bournemouth Echo: Options for front office cover at Dorset police stations explored by force chiefs Options for front office cover at Dorset police stations explored by force chiefs

FURTHER options for front office cover at police stations in Dorset is being explored as force chiefs try and save £500,000.

Front counter services will remain in Weymouth, Bournemouth and North Dorset it has been confirmed – but police chiefs are investigating how the service can be delivered elsewhere.

Dorset Police has been consulting on changes this autumn and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill says there will be further public consultation early next year.

The proposals, which would save the force around £500,000, arose in the face of ongoing cuts to the budget.

A review of station desk enquiry offices identified that they are under-used and that some could be closed or see opening times reduced.

Mr Underhill said “When the force and I launched the consultation process in early October, I said that it was important to me that we listen to all of our communities about the proposals. This is why I’ve been meeting with residents, partner agencies and other key stakeholders to make sure that as many views as possible are captured.

“As a result of this consultation process, a number of alternative suggestions have been proposed and I’m keen that more detailed proposals are shared with the public and explored further.

“For that reason, the force will once again launch a public consultation process in the early part of 2014 in the hope that members of the public will share their views on the options available and help us make some very difficult decisions.”

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson added: “I can confirm that counter service provision will remain in Bournemouth, Weymouth and North Dorset.

“We are also developing opportunities to share services with partner agencies and these ideas are being explored in more detail.”

She said she wanted to stress that a change to counter service provision in a town does not equate to the closure of the station.

New chairman of the Dorset Police Federation Tony Tester said force chiefs were in a ‘difficult position’ as they try and find savings.

He said: “It's a sad fact that we've come to this because of government cuts and removing counter services is another step away from the community.”

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12:05pm Tue 17 Dec 13

rayc says...

"New chairman of the Dorset Police Federation Tony Tester"

Has Clive Chamberlain retired or moved back to general duties? Whichever good luck to him and thanks for his input to Echo discussions over the years.
"New chairman of the Dorset Police Federation Tony Tester" Has Clive Chamberlain retired or moved back to general duties? Whichever good luck to him and thanks for his input to Echo discussions over the years. rayc

12:35pm Tue 17 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

Could this' front counter' Police service not be very sensibly provided by manning them cost free with all those experienced Police Officers who presently 'retire' on public pensions when only in their fifties.
Could this' front counter' Police service not be very sensibly provided by manning them cost free with all those experienced Police Officers who presently 'retire' on public pensions when only in their fifties. muscliffman

4:33pm Tue 17 Dec 13

allopinionscount says...

muscliffman wrote:
Could this' front counter' Police service not be very sensibly provided by manning them cost free with all those experienced Police Officers who presently 'retire' on public pensions when only in their fifties.
Do you mean the pension they paid 11% -14.25% for their thirty years? Or are you just ignorant of the facts as per usual.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Could this' front counter' Police service not be very sensibly provided by manning them cost free with all those experienced Police Officers who presently 'retire' on public pensions when only in their fifties.[/p][/quote]Do you mean the pension they paid 11% -14.25% for their thirty years? Or are you just ignorant of the facts as per usual. allopinionscount

6:47pm Tue 17 Dec 13

muscliffman says...

allopinionscount wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Could this' front counter' Police service not be very sensibly provided by manning them cost free with all those experienced Police Officers who presently 'retire' on public pensions when only in their fifties.
Do you mean the pension they paid 11% -14.25% for their thirty years? Or are you just ignorant of the facts as per usual.
They paid - how do they do that when as public employees all their remuneration including the 'paper' itemised pension contributions come from the public taxpayer - who then also underwrites this remarkably generous pension scheme.

I don't begrudge anyone especially the Police the right to have a pension or to retire - but as with fire service personal, why in only their (often early) fifties - especially when everybody else is now expecting to continue working to nearly seventy.
[quote][p][bold]allopinionscount[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Could this' front counter' Police service not be very sensibly provided by manning them cost free with all those experienced Police Officers who presently 'retire' on public pensions when only in their fifties.[/p][/quote]Do you mean the pension they paid 11% -14.25% for their thirty years? Or are you just ignorant of the facts as per usual.[/p][/quote]They paid - how do they do that when as public employees all their remuneration including the 'paper' itemised pension contributions come from the public taxpayer - who then also underwrites this remarkably generous pension scheme. I don't begrudge anyone especially the Police the right to have a pension or to retire - but as with fire service personal, why in only their (often early) fifties - especially when everybody else is now expecting to continue working to nearly seventy. muscliffman

8:30am Wed 18 Dec 13

allopinionscount says...

muscliffman wrote:
allopinionscount wrote:
muscliffman wrote:
Could this' front counter' Police service not be very sensibly provided by manning them cost free with all those experienced Police Officers who presently 'retire' on public pensions when only in their fifties.
Do you mean the pension they paid 11% -14.25% for their thirty years? Or are you just ignorant of the facts as per usual.
They paid - how do they do that when as public employees all their remuneration including the 'paper' itemised pension contributions come from the public taxpayer - who then also underwrites this remarkably generous pension scheme.

I don't begrudge anyone especially the Police the right to have a pension or to retire - but as with fire service personal, why in only their (often early) fifties - especially when everybody else is now expecting to continue working to nearly seventy.
Last time I checked all public sector employees work for their wage, they pay for their pensions and they pay tax and national insurance. I'm sorry that you don't think they deserve to be paid for a job that clearly you never have or probably I suspect could do. I think having read your generally ridiculous comments over the years you should walk a mile in their shoes before you comment. My original comment stands, you are totally ignorant of the facts especially as officers now work until their 60.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]allopinionscount[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Could this' front counter' Police service not be very sensibly provided by manning them cost free with all those experienced Police Officers who presently 'retire' on public pensions when only in their fifties.[/p][/quote]Do you mean the pension they paid 11% -14.25% for their thirty years? Or are you just ignorant of the facts as per usual.[/p][/quote]They paid - how do they do that when as public employees all their remuneration including the 'paper' itemised pension contributions come from the public taxpayer - who then also underwrites this remarkably generous pension scheme. I don't begrudge anyone especially the Police the right to have a pension or to retire - but as with fire service personal, why in only their (often early) fifties - especially when everybody else is now expecting to continue working to nearly seventy.[/p][/quote]Last time I checked all public sector employees work for their wage, they pay for their pensions and they pay tax and national insurance. I'm sorry that you don't think they deserve to be paid for a job that clearly you never have or probably I suspect could do. I think having read your generally ridiculous comments over the years you should walk a mile in their shoes before you comment. My original comment stands, you are totally ignorant of the facts especially as officers now work until their 60. allopinionscount

2:30pm Wed 18 Dec 13

skydriver says...

Saving this money ....well get rid of mr Underhill now there is a saving right away.........after all we pay him.
Saving this money ....well get rid of mr Underhill now there is a saving right away.........after all we pay him. skydriver

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