Crabbs Cross and Kingfisher Centre police offices, and Wythall Police Station, to shut (From Redditch Advertiser)
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Crabbs Cross and Kingfisher Centre police offices, and Wythall Police Station, to shut
12:10pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
ELEVEN police bases across the West Mercia force area are to close completely in a bid to slash £1.5 million.
A further 19 will be shut and replaced by alternative sites, some of which are likely to offer a scaled-down face-to-face service.
Some of the sites to close are fully functioning as police stations, while others are used as drop-in bases for officers on the beat, or for administration work.
In Redditch, offices in Crabbs Cross and the Kingfisher Shopping Centre are shutting completely, and the station at Wythall.
Chief constable David Shaw said the move was a better alternative than more police officer cuts, saying “buildings provide no protection, people do”.
The overall number of 24/7 police patrol bases will reduce from 30 to 11, while the Safer Neighbourhood Teams will go from 145 to 82 under the plans.
Police and crime commissioner Bill Longmore,, said: “We all know we are facing challenges.
“I can look back at generations of past policing from 30 or 40 years ago and can safely say the basics have not changed, it’s all about people.
“We have got to change things because of the austerity measures in the public sector, which is why we’ve looked at this.”
The cuts, which will kick in from April onwards, will take place between now and 2015, as and when deals can be struck with private or public sector bodies to share new sites.
The force also says without the closures 30 police constable jobs, or 50 PCSO positions would potentially be under threat in order to make the saving.