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Police Station Opening Times OBO CI Darge (THIS ARTICLE IS NOW OUT OF DATE)

Introduction

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE IS OUT OF DATE AND IS STORED IN THE ARCHIVE SECTION OF WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY) Sussex Police understands how important neighbourhood policing is to our communities and we have promised to protect this despite the need to make savings of £52 million by 2015. Our foremost priority is to keep our police officers out on the streets and working with their local communities so we are examining every aspect of how we currently operate to see what changes we can make that will save money but protect the service we provide.


We recognise that some of our current buildings and processes were designed decades ago to serve an incredibly different world and the way people want to contact us is changing. Most people contact us over the phone rather than by visiting a front office. The majority of visitors to police stations at the times that we are reducing hours are related to custody, bail or lost property. Many of our front counters have, on average, less than one visitor an hour.

Considerable research and consultation with the public suggests that most people do not currently know the opening hours of their local police station front office and are willing to use alternative ways to get in touch with us. Many would prefer to make an appointment rather than just 'drop in'. When asked their preferences for opening hours, the majority preferred office hours. The conclusion of our review is that there are alternative ways that people can contact us that would be more convenient for them and less expensive to run. The total cost of current front office arrangements is £4.2 million each year. By changing opening hours of front offices at times that they are not well used by the public we will save over £2 million per year. Making savings here will mean we can protect policing in local communities.

From May 9th we will be reducing the hours that people can just drop into front offices and offering more pre-planned appointments instead. In the future people will be able to book these online as well as over the phone, although this service is not yet available. From May 9th Chichester District police stations will be open as follows:

Chichester Police Station - 0900 to 2000hrs Monday to Saturday

Midhurst Police Station - 1000 to 1400hrs Monday to Friday

Petworth Police Station - Appointments Only

Selsey Police Station - Appointments Only

Currently, if people want to book an appointment they can call the Sussex Police non-emergency number 0845 60 70 999 or contact their local neighbourhood policing team directly by using the details at www.sussex.police.uk.

Please be reassured that even when the front counter service is not open the police station is still staffed and functioning normally. In an emergency the public will always be able to contact us quickly through our 999 number. We have one of the best records of all forces in the country at answering these calls quickly. Your policing service is provided by many people working from a number of different locations, which includes but is not limited to, your local police station. For example, officers do not respond to 999 calls from police stations, but are already out on patrol across Sussex. People who have been arrested are taken to centralised custody centres, not a local station. We are confident that the overall service you receive will not change.