DORSET Police will try to keep a station desk enquiry office open in North Dorset despite going forward with plans to close desks in order to save around £500,000.
A review of the Force’s front desks showed they were an under-used resource and it was proposed to withdraw some offices and reduce opening times for others.
Following a consultation, Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill has revealed a desk in North Dorset would remain open.
“The Force and I received significant feedback about these proposed changed and we have carefully considered a range of alternative suggestions and views” explained Mr Underhill.
“For example, the feedback has indicated that the provision of peripatetic service in the north of the county was not considered viable of valued. A full-time site has been highlighted as the preferred alternative.
“We have therefore reviewed the initial proposals and would now seek to retain a front counter provision in North Dorset.“
The location of the front desk service in North Dorset has not been decided. Dorset Police are also keen to look at working with joint agencies.
The Force will continue to work with other public sector agencies in order to share buildings and develop partnerships.
Chief Constable Debbie Simpson added: “We are keen to hear from the public, elected members and partners about the revised proposed changes to public front counter service and I’d like to reiterate that no final decisions have been made.
“Other suitable alternative provisions will continue to be made available, including the telephone facility which will remain at all stations as a means for the public direct contact with the Force Command Centre.
“There will also be further promotion of the non-emergency contact number (101) and improved contact via the Dorset Police website. We remain committed to the provision of local policing throughout the county.”