Exmouth police enquiry office closure threat

PUBLISHED: 13:39 23 May 2014

Archant

The public enquiry office at Exmouth Police Station is facing closure, under new proposals to save money.

The Exmouth office is one of 12 across Devon and Cornwall which have been earmarked for closure from Friday, October 31, this year.

Devon and Cornwall Police says its changes will save around £760,000 per annum, with the overall number of full-time equivalent public enquiry officer posts reduced from 61 to 34.

Assistant chief constable Paul Netherton said: “In the current financial climate, the force needs to make challenging decisions around how we best use our resources to benefit our communities.

“We are required to make difficult decisions in order to maintain visibility and maintain front line policing whenever possible.

“The force has carried out a review of how the public contact police in Devon and Cornwall and it has shown that the number of people physically calling at a police station continues to diminish. In even our busiest stations, this can be as low as five to six people an hour at peak times and for quieter stations can be no personal callers at all for periods of time.

“As a result, we will now formally consult with staff unions regarding how we use public enquiry offices to get the best value from the resources that we have.”

Reacting to the news, Exmouth mayor Bill Nash said it would fall to the town council to make a formal response, but speaking from a personal point of view said: “I think it is regrettable. People rely on somewhere they can walk into if they need to report something or need help.

“Not everybody has a computer or is comfortable going online.”

Exmouth Community Association chairman Roy Pryke said he had not consulted his members for their views, but on a personal basis said: “I think we have to accept that there are other ways of communicating with the police with modern media, and it is appreciated that they are having to work as efficiently as possible.

“The important thing is that they are responsive when called on, and that we sustain the sense of their presence even if we can’t access them directly over the counter.”

The force says the plan is subject to full consultation with a definitive decision expected in July.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 13:24

Exmouth Journal reader Kim Angell has taken this photo of the beavers living in the River Otter, near Otterton

Read more
Yesterday, 12:49

Researchers from Exeter University are carrying out studies on the Colaton Raleigh Common site which was ravaged by fire in April.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:05

Making the news in the Exmouth Journal on this week in 1944.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:35

Exmouth Mayor Brian Cole tells councillors town will miss communiy college princpal Tony Alexander, who is stepping down after more than 15 years.

Read more
Wed, 17:11

Keith Rose, 68, who was convicted of the 1981 murder of Juliet Rowe, has taken his case to the High Court

Read more
Wed, 16:58

Art collectors are being offered the chance to bid for specially-commissioned otter statues to raise money for Dartmoor National Park.

Read more
Wed, 12:49

East Devon District Council says that the window of the band stand was smashed some time after 9pm on Tuesday, July 18.

Read more
Wed, 12:37

Exmouth: storm lovers abandoned all hope of sleep and headed for the seafront to get a front row seat, watching the ‘incredible’ lightning show that illuminated the skies into the early hours of the morning.

Read more
Wed, 10:27

R and J Welburn was launched after two casualties on board the vessel had lost steering near Seaton

Read more
Wed, 09:27

Fire crews from Exmouth were called out this morning following reports of a kitchen fire in Rolle Street.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications