End of the thin blue line for po­lice sta­tion

Thames Val­ley force to close its of­fice in Bea­cons­field Town Hall

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Thames Val­ley Po­lice has said the use of so­cial me­dia, the in­ter­net and phones have forced the move as it looks at ways to im­prove its ser­vice.

De­spite the clo­sure of the vol­un­teer-run sta­tion, the force say it will not re­duce the level of po­lice in the area and that Amer­sham po­lice sta­tion will re­main open.

Chief In­spec­tor Mark Bax­ter, Deputy Area Com­man­der of Thames Val­ley Po­lice, said: “Thames Val­ley Po­lice is con­tin­u­ally look­ing at ways to trans­form how we de­liver our ser­vices in or­der to be as ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient as pos­si­ble, whilst max­imis­ing every op­por­tu­nity to pre­vent crime, pro­tect the pub­lic and bring of­fend­ers to jus­tice.

“The way peo­ple in­ter­act with the po­lice is chang­ing; the pub­lic want to con­tact us at a time and place that’s con­ve­nient to them.

“We have found that more peo­ple are en­gag­ing with us on the phone, on- line or through our so­cial me­dia chan­nels rather than vis­it­ing us.

“We un­der­took a re­view of the vary­ing ser­vices pro­vided for the pub­lic. In light of the re­view, the vol­un­teer-run, Bea­cons­field po­lice of­fice, will be clos­ing at the end of the year.

“This will not re­duce the level of po­lice in the area and I want to re­as­sure the pub­lic that our com­mit­ment to keep­ing com­mu­ni­ties safe and pro­vid­ing the pub­lic with an emer­gency ser­vice they can look to in their hour of need re­mains.

“The yel­low po­lice phone will re­main on the out­side of the build­ing which is a di­rect line to lo­cal po­lice.

“Amer­sham po­lice sta­tion will re­main open for pub­lic en­quiries as usual.”

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