September 25th, 2016

Acocks Green Police front office to close by January 31

Updated: 5:08 pm, May 07, 2015

ACOCKS Green police station’s front desk is set to close its doors to the public at the end of this month, West Midlands Police have announced.

In November the force revealed plans to shut 27 of it offices and reduce hours at others in a bid to save £3million.

Officers and staff at the Yardley Road, Moseley, Sparkhill stations will continue to work from the buildings, but there will be no access for members of the public.

The closures follow analysis which revealed there was little demand for services during the evening and overnight and most people wanted more modern ways of contacting police.

A further 14 front desks, including the Bluebell Centre in Chelmsley Wood and Castle Vale are set to close on February 28.

The remaining 10 counters – which includes Shirley Police Station – are expected to close by the autumn.

Officers will still be based at all four borough stations and police chiefs say the front counter closures will not adversely alter the service they deliver.

Solihull Station in Homer Road will remain open as one of ten front counters regionally and Balsall Common will continue to be run by volunteers.

When the announcements were made the force failed to guarantee there won’t be any job losses as a result of the changes, saying ‘every effort would be made to redeploy staff who may be affected by the closures.’

A Police spokesperson added: “Nothing will change to the local delivery of policing – local neighbourhood teams will continue to patrol and be very much a part of their local community.”

Chelmsley Wood Police Station. 03.015.017.sol.jm2

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