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Police Front Desks Close

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:29am 31st October 2014

It has just got harder to see a police officer face to face in Cornwall.

Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed more front counters will shut.

From Friday, Falmouth, Penzance, Newquay, Bude, Liskeard and Launceston are closing.

It means the only places that have full time front offices in the Duchy will be Bodmin, Truro, Camborne and St Austell.

Five counters in Devon are also closing, with the loss of 27 jobs across both counties.

The force says it is to save three quarters of a million pounds and keep more officers on the street.

Bosses say more of us are reporting crime online anyway.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton 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 amount 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.

"The Force currently receives around one million contacts a year from the public via 999, 101 and contact with the Force Enquiry Centre and Force website. This number far outweighs the amount of people actually attending a police station.

"With the development of online communication and further investment in technology, it is only likely to reduce further.

"While we may be reducing the amount of Public Enquiry Offices immediately accessible to the public, the number of operational police stations is not changing and police officers and staff will still work from those stations affected by the Public Enquiry Office Review.

"Maintaining a visible presence in our communities remains a critical factor and we will do everything possible to target resources and achieve this. It is hoped this review will further allow us to increase visibility away from traditional police sites.

"Innovation is key and having a more mobile police presence means a better, more efficient and visible police service.

"We are committed to maintaining community based services and working with partner agencies to do this in the most efficient way possible."

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