Police counters could be closed as force looks to save £500,000

Police counters could be closed as force looks to save £500,000

FUTURE IMPERFECT: Bournemouth Police Station

Police and Crime Commissioner: Martyn Underhill

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POLICE bosses are looking at different options to cover police stations’ front offices as they attempt to make £500,000 savings.

Following a review of station desk enquiry offices, bosses found they were ‘an under-utilised resource’ and proposed changes include the withdrawal of some station desk offices and reduced opening times at other locations.

Front desk services would be retained in Bournemouth, North Dorset and Weymouth, it was confirmed last year – but police chiefs are investigating how the service can be delivered elsewhere.

The move could save the police force around £500,000 it is claimed – the equivalent of 10 front line officers or 17 police community support officers.

Dorset Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office have been working together on a series of consultations with the public about the proposals over the past few months.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said they had received ‘significant feedback’ about the proposed changes. He added they were now considering a range of alternative suggestions.

Mr Underhill said: “As a result of the first phase of stakeholder engagement, we are continuing to work with other agencies in the public sector to develop more effective partnerships that will enhance the availability of policing services in our communities with particular interest in sharing buildings.”

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said the proposed changes had generated a lot of local interest.

She said: “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.”

She added: “There will also be further promotion of the non-emergency 101 contact number and improved contact via the Dorset Police website.

“We remain committed to the provision of local policing throughout the county. “ Feedback on the proposals can be emailed to consultation@dorset.pnn.police.uk

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8:55am Mon 13 Jan 14

Teddy 1 says...

Please just get on with it! I understand from friends that work there, you have been debating this for a couple of years now. Have they (the managers there) absolutely no concept of how unsettling this is for staff and their families. Please Mr underhill if you or your team are reading this commemt...get a HR team in that are professional and know employment law...not think they do. Make a decision about jobs and whats happening with departments and implement it for everyones sake and sanity. If you care about people and budgets etc this is the best option for everyones sake.
Please just get on with it! I understand from friends that work there, you have been debating this for a couple of years now. Have they (the managers there) absolutely no concept of how unsettling this is for staff and their families. Please Mr underhill if you or your team are reading this commemt...get a HR team in that are professional and know employment law...not think they do. Make a decision about jobs and whats happening with departments and implement it for everyones sake and sanity. If you care about people and budgets etc this is the best option for everyones sake. Teddy 1
  • Score: 6

10:55am Mon 13 Jan 14

skydriver says...

It would be better to get rid of Mr Underhill and keep the counters open. Better to one job than many.
It would be better to get rid of Mr Underhill and keep the counters open. Better to one job than many. skydriver
  • Score: 5

11:02am Mon 13 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

".....£500,000 it is claimed – the equivalent of 10 front line officers or 17 police community support officers." So, roughly the cost of running the 'Office of the PCC'.
".....£500,000 it is claimed – the equivalent of 10 front line officers or 17 police community support officers." So, roughly the cost of running the 'Office of the PCC'. Old Colonial
  • Score: 4

11:09am Mon 13 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Lets have more P.C'S and NO PCC.
Lets have more P.C'S and NO PCC. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

11:18am Mon 13 Jan 14

rayc says...

How much does the PCC donate to the ACPO? The President of ACPO, Sir Hugh Orde, is urging that police officers should be paid more, in order to dissuade them from being dishonest. That is a disgrace and at a time when Police Officers are being given wider powers to issue Fixed Penalties is very worrying.
How much does the PCC donate to the ACPO? The President of ACPO, Sir Hugh Orde, is urging that police officers should be paid more, in order to dissuade them from being dishonest. That is a disgrace and at a time when Police Officers are being given wider powers to issue Fixed Penalties is very worrying. rayc
  • Score: 2

11:58am Mon 13 Jan 14

John T says...

There would be less need for Police Counter Staff, if the 101 telephone staff were more helpful and courteous.
I would, however, take this opportunity of reminding readers that they have to pay for the privilege of reporting crime on telephone number 101... just another of your involuntary contributions to Cameron's Big Society.
There would be less need for Police Counter Staff, if the 101 telephone staff were more helpful and courteous. I would, however, take this opportunity of reminding readers that they have to pay for the privilege of reporting crime on telephone number 101... just another of your involuntary contributions to Cameron's Big Society. John T
  • Score: 11

1:10pm Mon 13 Jan 14

muscliffman says...

Should the Police Service not be looking at manning these desks economically by retaining experienced staff on semi-active duties who currently 'retire' completely from the Service in their fifties.

Realistically we know that these historic early retirement staff deals in the Police (and some other public sector services) are not long term sustainable - nor it appears are they now supported by popular public opinion.

So maybe here is a perfect opportunity to advantageously solve two problems in one go with minimal financial impact on the employees - and it would reveal who is really running the show!
Should the Police Service not be looking at manning these desks economically by retaining experienced staff on semi-active duties who currently 'retire' completely from the Service in their fifties. Realistically we know that these historic early retirement staff deals in the Police (and some other public sector services) are not long term sustainable - nor it appears are they now supported by popular public opinion. So maybe here is a perfect opportunity to advantageously solve two problems in one go with minimal financial impact on the employees - and it would reveal who is really running the show! muscliffman
  • Score: 4

1:56pm Mon 13 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

John T wrote:
There would be less need for Police Counter Staff, if the 101 telephone staff were more helpful and courteous.
I would, however, take this opportunity of reminding readers that they have to pay for the privilege of reporting crime on telephone number 101... just another of your involuntary contributions to Cameron's Big Society.
Quite right,some of the staff are very obstructive,and do not try to help.
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: There would be less need for Police Counter Staff, if the 101 telephone staff were more helpful and courteous. I would, however, take this opportunity of reminding readers that they have to pay for the privilege of reporting crime on telephone number 101... just another of your involuntary contributions to Cameron's Big Society.[/p][/quote]Quite right,some of the staff are very obstructive,and do not try to help. pete woodley
  • Score: 6

3:50pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Tictock says...

This has been bounced around Dorset Police since 2005! Lack of senior decision making has allowed this to drag on - performing a disservice to the people of Dorset, the station Desk Officers whom wonder whether they have a job next year and the Force overall. Better solution is to get shot of the PCC and camp followers and that sum is saved! QED.
This has been bounced around Dorset Police since 2005! Lack of senior decision making has allowed this to drag on - performing a disservice to the people of Dorset, the station Desk Officers whom wonder whether they have a job next year and the Force overall. Better solution is to get shot of the PCC and camp followers and that sum is saved! QED. Tictock
  • Score: 3

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