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Bonnyrigg Police Station counter closure proposed

Police Scotland proposes changes to the public counter service in Midlothian

Police Scotland proposes changes to the public counter service in Midlothian

Police Scotland is proposing the closure of the public counter at Bonnyrigg Police Station.

Consultation will take place with staff.

The force also proposes to change the opening hours at Dalkeith and Penicuik Police Stations.

The review, which has taken place across Scotland, follows studies showing that fewer members of the public now attend at police stations in favour of other means of contact.

Police Scotland argues that the counter at Bonnyrigg, which had the least visits by the public during the survey period, should close due to its close proximity to Dalkeith.

Amended opening hours are proposed for Dalkeith - 7am to midnight seven days a week.

It is proposed that Saturday opening times at Penicuik stop with the new hours being 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Chief Superintendent Jeanette McDiarmid, Divisional Commander for the Lothians and Scottish Borders, said: “As alternative means of engaging with the police have developed and crime rates have fallen, the use of public counter services has reduced markedly, and it is entirely correct that we take account of this as we seek to make best use of our resources.

“The proposals affecting the Lothians and Scottish Borders have taken consideration of geographical locations and demand analysis and whilst we will be reducing hours at some stations there will be an increase at others.”

She added: “Alternative methods of contacting police have also been introduced including the launch of the non-emergency ‘101’ number, mobile police stations, local community police surgeries and a non-emergency diary appointment service, providing a police response at a time and date convenient to the individual.

“It is also important to emphasise that police officers will still be based in those stations affected, providing the same high level of service to local communities across the division.”

What do you think of the proposals? Police Scotland says it is a more effective way of providing a service.

But will closing more police counters result in losing touch with local communities?

Let us know what you think, below, or email midlothianadvertiser@jnlothian.co.uk

 

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