IT has been announced that the Staffordshire Police is to close all but three of its stations to the public – and Tamworth is on the closure list.
The move has been announced in a letter to the Express and Star newspaper from staff that work at the sites.
Tamworth Police Station will be closed to the public and the next nearest – Lichfield Police Station is already closed to the public.
In the shake-up, only three stations – Cannock, Burton and Longton will keep their enquiry offices open, meaning that 38 jobs; 35 front line civilian staff and 3 managers are now facing the axe.
The three stations that are to remain open, will only be open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
The news comes just a day after the Chief Constable of Staffordshire announced that he welcomed the decision to raise Council Tax to pay for policing and a week after it was announced that crime in Staffordshire is on the rise.
Police Officers will still work out of the Stations, and so in theory response times should not change, but members of the public will not simply be able to drop in and speak to officers or enquiry office staff for advice.
What this will affect, however, will be the ability to ‘pop in’ to your nearest police station. Residents of Tamworth will now face a 32 mile round trip to Burton or a 35 mile round trip to Cannock for things like producing driving documents, signing bail or signing the sex offenders register.
The full list of stations and offices which will not be open to the public are;
- Watling Street (near Gailey)
A number of these stations, including Lichfield, since it’s move to Eastern Avenue are already closed to the public.
At this time, the exact timescale for the closure of the offices has not been announced.
Assistant chief constable Jenny Sims told the Express and Star: “Staffordshire Police will be there when you need us and we are transforming the way we work to better serve communities in an ever-changing digital age. We are investing in neighbourhood policing and improving online and telephone services to make it easier and more convenient for the public to get in touch with the police to find the information they need and to report minor crimes and other matters online.
“The reduction in the number of front office counters will not affect local policing and officers will continue to have visibility and work as part of the increased community policing teams across the county. As part of this the public will be able to get access to their local officers via drop-in surgeries, police posts and other locations such as partners’ offices, not just via traditional stations which are often not convenient for people.”