Why isn't police station open to public?
IT WAS an impressive feature in The Herald regarding the new police station at Devonport, but having passed it this week I could not believe the large notice board outside which stated: Access by appointment only.
I fail to see the benefits to the people of Devonport if they might have to travel to Charles Cross or Crownhill to report any crimes, unless they are notified in advance by the perpetrator, so they can then book an appointment at Devonport. What a wonderful world.
ONLY in Plymouth could £3.36 million be spent on a police station with no front desk. The Marlborough Street station was pulled down as it was not fit for purpose. I think this will be the first job for the new commissioner.
I WELCOMED the opening of the new Devonport Police station costing £3.3 million. The station serves a population of 28,000 and in the previous 12 months 1,300 crimes were recorded in the area.
Having just opened it has joined the list of 34 stations in Devon and Cornwall which are closed to the public. It would be difficult not to ascribe to this as an example of the police and community pulling away from each other.
When I was serving as a police officer stations were considered a place of safety where vulnerable and distressed people could go with confidence and very much part of the fabric of the community.
We all realise that public spending has been cut and the Police are no exception but is this another example of "knowing the price of everything and value of nothing."?
Whoever is elected Police and Crime Commissioner on November 15 will have to consider what adds value to the service the police provide and police station closures will have to figure in their deliberations.
Liberal Democrat Candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner