Police Stations - 131/12
Dated: 07 Jun 2011
Date of request: 31/01/2012
Date of response: 28/02/2012
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How many police stations have been closed since 2009? Could you please name them.
How many police stations are earmarked for closure? Could you please name them.
How many police stations are being replaced by "police points" i.e rooms in libraries or village halls where constables might be found for surgeries?
How many "police points" have been introduced since 2009?
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Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Finance and Operations Departments of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have decided to disclose the located information to you as follows.
1. The following stations were closed in 2010. There were none in any other years specified.
Wallsend - however it was replaced by a state of the art new headquarters for North Tyneside at the same time.
Rothbury - The old Rothbury Station closed and was relocated in a more central part of town.
Broomhill and Newbiggin - these stations had no front offices and weren't open to the public - so there was no loss of service to the local communities.
2&3. No information held. Although the force is currently reviewing the estate there has been no decisions made regarding police station closures or stations being replaced by 'police points'. However, we’re maintaining a commitment not to close public facing facilities unless there is a better alternative to what we already have.
4. No information held. There is no standard definition of 'Police points'. Points of access to Police officers are often set up on an ad-hoc basis for surgeries, drop-ins and meetings in public areas on a daily basis. Detailed information on these is not held as they are done locally as the need arises and are not retained on a permanent basis.
The provision of our service to the public in accessible locations, where officers are visible and have a presence in their local community remains a major priority.
We’re maintaining a commitment not to close public facing facilities unless there is a better alternative to what we already have – this includes putting police officers in places that are convenient for the public such as in the Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle. There is no intention to reduce the opening times of our police stations available to the public unless there is a better alternative available.
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