Police open to changes as offices hours are reviewed

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POLICE Scotland are refusing to rule out a reduction in opening hours in Hawick.

A review of public service opening hours is currently under way across Scotland following a decrease in visitors to police offices.

A spokesperson said: “Traditionally, access to our services was gained by visiting a police office in person. Now however, due to a change in how people gain information, there has been an increase in access to our services by telephone, Internet or social media.

“A result of this has been a decrease in visitors to our police offices, especially out with normal working hours.”
The Chief Constable has commissioned the review to focus on the level of public engagement that occurs at police offices and determine the most efficient opening times to the public.

The spokesperson said: “With the transition to Police Scotland, it is imperative that we critically examine all of our processes to ensure we are making the best of our resources.

“Policing continues to face unprecedented financial challenges over the coming months and years with a significant reduction in budget and a requirement to find savings and provide best value for public services.”

And in particular reference to Hawick, they added: “We cannot say whether Hawick Police Station will be affected - we won’t be in any position to discuss which stations will be affected until local consultations take place and the review is complete.”
Commenting on the review, Hawick MP Michael Moore said: “Access to local police stations is very important for people here in the Borders, so I am very concerned that this review could see opening times reduced and even office closures in the area.

“I am meeting with our local police divisional commander very soon and I will be urging her to ensure that Borderers do not see a reduced service at local police offices as a result of this review.”