Police proposal to cut station opening hours

Daventry Police Station
Daventry Police Station

Northamptonshire Police have revealed Daventry station’s opening hours could be reduced with jobs at risk.

The plans are currently undergoing consultation with no set decision made. However, any changes could be made before the end of the year.

Chief Inspector Tom Thompson said: “Northamptonshire Police currently have public enquiry desk facilities at 10 locations, including Daventry, and as part of our ongoing change programme and our continuing drive to improve the way we respond to and deal with enquiries from the public, we are reviewing the service provided at these locations.

“We have looked at how often people visit the enquiry desks, the reasons they do so and the times they visit, and this has shown that the use of these facilities at certain times and in some locations is very low. Therefore, to ensure we make the best use of the resources we have available, we are reviewing the opening hours at all locations and any changes will be agreed and implemented by early 2015.

“The police station remains an operational base for officers and outside of enquiry desk opening hours people can contact us on the non-emergency telephone number 101 or report a non-urgent incident online at www.northants.police.uk, where they can also find a range of advice and information.”

But one local figure has warned the move could have an adverse affect.

Cllr Chris Over said: “Any reduction in opening hours of the police station is a step in the wrong direction. I would hope a plan can be come up with that won’t see the opening hours reduced.

“Not everyone in the area 
is able to do things by phone or email and it is a great 
comfort to people to know they can go to see someone face to face.