PoliceScotland counter closures

Scotland's Chief Constable says having officers at public counters in police stations is old-fashioned. Police counters at seven stations in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway have been earmarked for closure, although the stations will remain.

Police counters "based on a very old fashioned concept"

Scotland's Chief Constable says having officers at public counters in police stations is old-fashioned.

Sir Stephen House told the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee that people are more likely to use the phone or social media to contact police.

Plans to close counters at seven stations across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders - including at Dalbeattie - have been criticised.

Police Scotland is trying to save more than £60 million.

Police Scotland respond to reaction to public counter closure proposals

The Assistant Chief Constable of Police Scotland has released a statement in response to proposals for public counter provision to be reduced across the region.

"Following the launch on Tuesday this week of the public consultation into our review of public counter provision, it was good to see a wide range of views expressed in the media yesterday.

"Over the next 4 weeks of the consultation period, we want to continue to hear feedback from the public, elected members and partners in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. Information about our proposals has been loaded onto the Police Scotland website and social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.

"Having reviewed all the media reporting on this important issue yesterday, there is only one point that I would like to make absolutely clear.

"This salient point is that my review of the public counter provision is definitely not about closing entire police station buildings.

"My review is about rationalising the front counter provision and making front counter opening hours consistent across the country and it's absolutely geared toward meeting local demand.

"It's also about keeping as many police officers as possible out on the street, where they belong, keeping people safe."

– Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson

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Full Report: Public anger over police counter closures

There has been an angry response to plans to reduce public access to police stations across Southern Scotland.

Police counters at seven stations in the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway have been earmarked for closure, although the stations will remain.

Police Scotland says it has to save 60 million pounds from its national budget.

It claims the affected police stations are not used very much by members of the public and says the money could be better spent.

Watch the full report from Matthew Taylor below.