Two police station enquiry offices close as force looks to save £500k

Bournemouth Echo: Two police stations close to save £500k Two police stations close to save £500k

TWO East Dorset police enquiry offices have closed indefinitely as part of a bid to save £500,000.

Both Verwood and Wimborne’s offices have shut, just months after the facilities had their opening hours drastically cut.

The news comes after reports that Christchurch could lose its police station, with no guarantee of a dedicated station to replace it, and proposals to sell the headquarters in Ferndown and transfer all 202 members of staff based there.

Superintendent Jared Parkin, of Dorset Police, said: “Dorset Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner are continuing to review counter service provision across the entire force – with no changes anticipated until at least September 2015.

“It has been identified that police enquiry offices are an under-utilised resource – this despite the commonly held perception that such services offer a reassuring presence.

“Various enquiry offices in Dorset receive just a handful of visits per day. This is, of course, an expensive use of resources.

“The proposed changes will save the force approximately £500,000, which is the equivalent of 10 front line officers or 17 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

“The reshaping of the service will ensure that staff are best placed to deal with the greatest demands and that Dorset Police makes the best use of reducing resources to deliver a service that reflects the needs of our communities.”

Supt Parkin said the force understood the “massive implications and public views” of the proposals, adding: “No final decision has been made.

“It is important to stress that closure of counter services does not equate to the closure of police stations.

“While this review is taking place it would not be appropriate to recruit new members of staff in this area to replace staff who have left. This has resulted in the suspension of two enquiry facilities, which opened for a total of three days per week.

“Verwood police station’s one day a week opening and Wimborne police station’s two days per week opening have been suspended. Members of the public are advised to attend Ferndown, Christchurch or Poole police station or alternatively contact Dorset Police on 101 with their enquiry.”

OFFICES INFREQUENTLY OPEN

WIMBORNE resident and former mayor Anthony Oliver said visits to the enquiry offices were down because “quite simply, they were so infrequently open”.

“People would say, ‘Well, it’s just pointless going along to the enquiry office, because it won’t be open,” he said.

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12:28pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Teddy 1 says...

Well said mr Oliver!!

seems that the force spokesperson has been put forward for a fall. The PCC is very quiet on this! Ummmmm

Are the Force saying they have been employing people to just sit on the front desks not doing anything until someone comes into see them? I think these people would/should be doing something else and if so then the savings figures are inaccurate...unless whatever they are doing is not essential. If not essential then one has to ask why has this not been stopped years ago when the hierarchy apparently reviewed operations....or do they not have a proper handle on things? Seems to me like this organisation desperately needs some real managers to go into the organisations and make some tough management and strategic decisions. Time to outsource HR, Finance, IT and Media teams.

I look flrward to reading updates.
Well said mr Oliver!! seems that the force spokesperson has been put forward for a fall. The PCC is very quiet on this! Ummmmm Are the Force saying they have been employing people to just sit on the front desks not doing anything until someone comes into see them? I think these people would/should be doing something else and if so then the savings figures are inaccurate...unless whatever they are doing is not essential. If not essential then one has to ask why has this not been stopped years ago when the hierarchy apparently reviewed operations....or do they not have a proper handle on things? Seems to me like this organisation desperately needs some real managers to go into the organisations and make some tough management and strategic decisions. Time to outsource HR, Finance, IT and Media teams. I look flrward to reading updates. Teddy 1
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12:38pm Fri 27 Jun 14

keith milton says...

lies,
devon,somerset,cornw
all and dorset police are merging into one force,eventually becoming a euro stasi type force,we are heading toward a nazi euro dictatorship.

this is the reason they are shutting down community stations.
lies, devon,somerset,cornw all and dorset police are merging into one force,eventually becoming a euro stasi type force,we are heading toward a nazi euro dictatorship. this is the reason they are shutting down community stations. keith milton
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11:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

breamoreboy says...

So you can't walk into a local office to make a report or ask a question. You spend a couple of days trying to contact the PCSO but the phone is switched off. 101 is dreadful, almost as bad as the queues to contact the DWP. It looks as if I'll quite literally have to get on my bike and ride from Mudeford to Boscombe and talk to somebody in the Tardis, or is that down for closure as well?
So you can't walk into a local office to make a report or ask a question. You spend a couple of days trying to contact the PCSO but the phone is switched off. 101 is dreadful, almost as bad as the queues to contact the DWP. It looks as if I'll quite literally have to get on my bike and ride from Mudeford to Boscombe and talk to somebody in the Tardis, or is that down for closure as well? breamoreboy
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6:30am Sun 29 Jun 14

BIGTONE says...

“The proposed changes will save the force approximately £500,000, which is the equivalent of 10 front line officers.

Is that what they earn now almost a Grand a week?
“The proposed changes will save the force approximately £500,000, which is the equivalent of 10 front line officers. Is that what they earn now almost a Grand a week? BIGTONE
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