Dorset Police In Plan To Save Half A Million Pounds

7 October 2013, 06:47 | Updated: 7 October 2013, 06:49

Plans are being considered that could see some front desk services closed at Police stations across Dorset.

The force says some stations only get a few visits a day and doing this could save around half a million pounds.

No final decision's been made but budget cuts mean the force has to look at ways to save money.

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said:

''We are acutely aware that any changes to local policing, particularly those affecting station enquiry offices, are likely to generate considerable discussion.

''It's for this reason that Dorset Police will be in communication with key stakeholders over the coming weeks.

''I hope that this engagement will help to inform all of our communities of the rationale for change and also help to identify gaps in provision and how we can fill them.

''I would like to reassure members of the public that no final decisions have been made regarding station desk office provision in Dorset. However, we have to meet a very challenging budgetary situation and we are committed to providing the best possible service while reflecting true demand and value for money.

''I would also like to stress that the potential closure of station desks does not mean the closure of the police stations themselves. The Force continues to ensure that there is a policing footprint in every town in Dorset.

''Members of the public wishing to provide feedback are encouraged to email

 Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said:

''Dorset Police is the fourth lowest spending Force in England and Wales and there is no doubt that difficult choices need to be made.

''However, I am committed to ensuring that the Force makes the best use of reducing resources to deliver a service that reflects the needs of our communities''.