Police station front desks to close ?

Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan takes over as divisional commander for Wakefield District

Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan takes over as divisional commander for Wakefield District

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THE front desk at Wood Street police station could be closed overnight to help the force save more than £2m.

West Yorkshire Police launched a public consultation on the proposals this week.

Currently the front desk is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

But if the plan is approved, it will be open between 8am and 10pm each day.

The move comes after a survey found that eight out of ten people in West Yorkshire had not visited a front desk in the last 12 months.

Chief Supt Marc Callaghan, Wakefield District Police Divisional Commander, said: “We want to ensure that we deliver the best possible service to our local communities and our contact with them is vital.

“We have excellent links and relationships with them through our local neighbourhood police teams and patrol officers working across the district 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Neighbourhood policing is about us going out into the community and working with them and our partners to address local problems.

“We have established a number of opportunities for this to happen which involves us being available right in the heart of our communities - not waiting for people to come to us.”

Plans to close front counters at Pontefract and Castleford police stations over night are also been considered.

Chief Supt Callaghan said: “This is not about reducing our service, it is about responding to the changing demands and safeguarding frontline policing.

“We appreciate there are still times when people want to come into a police station and we hope that these plans would enable us to best manage that need.”

A decision will be announced later this year.