Police reception desks across the county are being closed – including the only three remaining ones in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

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Police reception desks across the county are being closed – including the only three remaining ones in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Staffordshire Police have confirmed that only three front office counters for the public are set to remain open across the county. These will be at Burton, Cannock and Longton, meaning that Cheadle, Biddulph and Leek Police Station front office counters will be closed, along with others across Staffordshire.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Evidence shows that the number of visitors using police front counters has dropped steadily over the past few years, with people choosing instead to meet local officers at community locations or contact police in other ways such as by the non-emergency 101 number or online.
“Much of the demand for front office counters staff is administrative or transactional, most of which can be done more efficiently and conveniently online or by phone.
“Following full consultation with our staff and Unison it has been decided front office counters for the public will remain open at three locations across the force.
“These will be at Burton, Cannock and Longton which provide good levels of accessibility to people across the county.
“Alongside these locations, each neighbourhood policing team has a calendar of events and locations where officers and PCSOs are available to speak first-hand to the public about the issues affecting their communities. This includes drop-in and online surgeries, supported by ‘hotspot’ patrolling based on community feedback.”
Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Sims added: “The reduction in the number of front office counters will not affect local policing and officers will continue to have visibility and work as part of the increased community policing teams across the county.”
This latest announcement regarding police stations in Staffordshire, follows the force’s announcement last month regarding Blythe Bridge Police Station being one of eight across the county which are set to be sold off by the force, due to them being ‘surplus to requirements’.