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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.
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.
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.