Police chiefs in Derbyshire have announced closure dates for a number of police station front counters.
Derbyshire Police plans to close 12 of its 16 front counters to save cash and claiming that members of the public are now finding other way of contacting the force, rather than in person.
By September only the counters at Chesterfield,Buxton, Derby’s St Mary’s Wharf and Pear Tree police stations will remain open.
On June 12, enquiry offices at Glossop, Matlock, Clay Cross, Bolsover, Long Eaton, Cotton Lane in Derby and Swadlincote will shut with Bakewell and Derby’s Assembly Rooms enquiry offices closing the following day.
By September 18, Ashbourne, Ripley and Ilkeston enquiry offices will close, with closure dates announced nearer the time.
The closures are part of the force’s plans to make savings of up to £26m over the next five years.
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: “Enquiry offices are not visited as frequently as they once were and the majority of people now prefer to contact us by phone, email or via our website.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly but the savings that we will make through the closures will help the force to maintain other areas of policing that protect the public from harm.”
Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “The funding cuts imposed by the Government mean that these closures are borne of necessity, not choice.
“We are doing everything we can to minimise the impact on service delivery but with more cuts likely over the coming years it is clear that some further difficult decisions will have to be made.”