Police station closures to be revealed


The fate of city police stations will be revealed next week following plans to shut front counters.

According to a review by Thames Valley Police, fewer people are visiting stations. Instead they are engaging on the phone, online or through on social media.

The findings have prompted police to revise the service, but have pledged to keep the public within 10 miles of a front counter.

This morning, the force called a press conference to reveal details of the changes.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “We are by no means withdrawing from our communities and we remain committed to keeping our communities safe and providing the public with an emergency service they look to in their hour of need.

“The way people interact with the police is changing; the public want to contact us at a time and place that’s convenient to them.”

It has been proposed that the counters will operate two sets of opening hours according to each area’s individual need; a seven days a week provision or weekday provision.

At this stage no staff have been put at risk, police confirmed.

The media briefing will be held at Thames Valley Police Headquarters South, Kidlington on Monday.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell will give a presentation on the Force’s estate, including details on the future of police stations and neighbourhood offices in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.