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From the Echo today
Essex Police proposes to retain front counters, open to the public from 9am to 5pm, in:
Operational policing bases, without front counters, will be kept in:
These cuts are supposed to be implemented from April 2016.
Also from the Echo:
ESSEX Police has revealed Pitsea and Billericay police stations will close with Canvey and Rayleigh stations shutting their front counters.
At a press conference held at 1pm, the force has outlined plans for swingeing cuts to stations, PCSOs and police staff.
In a statement, Essex Police said: “The financial challenges are clear and stark. Essex Police is anticipating cuts of around ?63 million by 2019-20, on an annual budget of around ?262 million. Around 83 per cent of the budget is spent on the salaries of police officers, PCSOs and police staff.
“With ?1 million paying for 20 police constables for a year, these financial challenges inevitably mean that Essex Police?s workforce will become significantly smaller over the next few years.”
There are currently 25 police stations with front counters in Essex. The plan is to reduce this number to 10 front counters by April 2016.
Essex Police proposes to keep front counters open to the public from 9am to 5pm in south Essex:
Grays, Basildon and Southend
First thoughts are:
– does it really save much money to close the front desk at Rayleigh Police Station?
– are the reducing numbers of police in Essex (now below 3000) even more of a concern than losing some police counters?
– would most residents support an increase in the council tax we pay for the police service? A band D property currently pays ? 147.15 per year.