‘Cut­ting the ser­vice is a huge blow to the vul­ner­a­ble’

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Burscough Heritage Weekend -

LO­CAL peo­ple have re­sponded to pro­pos­als to close 10 Lan­cashire po­lice sta­tions to the public.

The an­nounce­ment was met with fierce crit­i­cism from res­i­dents.

Writ­ing on the Lan­cashire po­lice Face­book page, Trina Lawrie said: “Ex­cept you can’t con­tact po­lice when you need them. 40+ min­utes on hold try­ing to get through to 101 is a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence. Lan­cashire Po­lice, like many oth­ers, is on the verge of not be­ing fit for pur­pose.”

Lu­cia Beirne said: “Cut­ting the front counter ser­vice is a huge blow to those vul­ner­a­ble in our area – and those un­able to get through on 101.”

Sarah Louise Guil­foyle said: “Why don’t all the peo­ple that are telling you to cut your bud­get get their wages cut in­stead? We need more bud­get for the po­lice now than we ever have.”

Eva Ka­han said: “Po­lice on a front desk of­fer vis­ual re­as­sur­ance for those in need and hope­fully act as a de­ter­rent for those who are up to no good.

“Mo­bile ser­vices and un­der­staffed call cen­tres sim­ply can­not of­fer the same re­sponse and re­as­sur­ance.”

Del Watkins said: “I work in a chil­dren’s home in Sefton and have to con­tact Mersey­side and Lan­cashire po­lice on a reg­u­lar ba­sis via 101. Mersey­side answer within five min­utes but Lan­cashire usu­ally take well over 30 min­utes!”

Ian Rams­den said: “You’re right, it won’t change the way the po­lice pa­trol my area… be­cause they don’t any­more. The loss of ap­prox­i­mately 600 of­fi­cers through­out Lan­cashire means ru­ral areas, let alone city cen­tres, don’t see much of the po­lice any­more.”

Si­mon Nash said: “This won’t change the way the po­lice pa­trol your area – you’ve got to be jok­ing! We have gone from a five strong com­mu­nity team, to a nil strong team in my area.”

Ian Gal­teri Up­ton said: “My tax re­ceipts are higher than ever, but ser­vices spend­ing is lower than ever. Where are our taxes?”

Kevin Fogg said: “This is only adding to the worry. In the past three months we had had four ter­ror at­tacks, at one point, we had to get the Army to help the po­lice.

“It’s been shown that bud­get cuts to polic­ing and MI5 was one of the ma­jor fac­tors in not be­ing able to watch the sus­pected ter­ror­ists, and even now the Gov­ern­ment are ask­ing for more cuts to the po­lice.”

But Tony Ge­orge said: “Most of the front of­fice trade was record­ing driv­ing doc­u­ments which, of course, is now done by com­puter.

“There seems lit­tle point in em­ploy­ing staff to man a front of­fice when a phone call to 101 can get you just as long a wait to re­port in­ci­dents.”

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