The Shrinking Police Service Is a Bit Closer To Home Now

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  1. Brian says:

    West Mercia released this today…amongst the ways it tells you to report Hate Crimes is at a Police Station or to a Police Officer……living in Bromsgrove cannot remember the last time I saw a Police officer walking around…..looks like CAB are going to do the Police’s job……Sergeant Ian Blanchard, from the Malvern Safer Neighbourhood Team, added: “The simplest way to stop someone committing a hate crime is to report it, whether that is to the police, here at the CAB or one of the other methods available to victims.
    “Between the police and the courts we have additional powers to ensure people who commit hate crimes are brought to justice and can’t continue to victimise people because of who they are. We will also ensure a comprehensive package of support is put in place for victims.”
    Other ways of reporting a hate crime include:
    Report it online at http://www.report-it.org.uk
    In an emergency call 999 or for non-emergencies call 101
    Call in at a police station or stop a police officer in the street

  2. Or phone the comms office via the intercom when you get to the Police Station to report it and find it closed. Not great on joined-up thinking

    Thank you Brian

  3. david says:

    Alan,

    There’s also the role of open 24/7 police stations for emergency help, particularly at weekends and during the night. Help may not involve reporting.

    Today that means not only a means of contact with the police, but a publc space that is well illuminated and covered by CCTV. Yes we know “bad things” can happen when those two factors are present, in my opinion it helps to reduce the “bad”.

    A couple of years ago one local police station, which had been 24/7 since opening, lost its custody role and shortly after – for good reason – it was proposed should open only in daylight hours. The intercom did not work, the area was not illuminated and watched by CCTV. The IAG discovered this, not the police!

  4. david says:

    Alan,

    There’s also the role of open 24/7 police stations for emergency help, particularly at weekends and during the night. Help may not involve reporting.

    Today that means not only a means of contact with the police, but a publc space that is well illuminated and covered by CCTV. Yes we know “bad things” can happen when those two factors are present, in my opinion it helps to reduce the “bad”.

    A couple of years ago one local police station, which had been 24/7 since opening, lost its custody role and shortly after – for good reason – it was proposed should open only in daylight hours. The intercom did not work, the area was not illuminated and watched by CCTV. The IAG discovered this, not the police!

  5. Concrete Sea says:

    And meanwhile Back Room Police Services are protected as well so good news all around.We can all sleep safely in our beds knowing that numerous administrators are hard at work Mon – Fri 9-5 (or a bit earlier on Fri,its the weekend after all) ensuring we are all diverse and all crimes are correctly categorised with all unnecessary forms complete (or bounced if not). Incredible –wait for my book hopefully out soon–Disenchanted D.C.

  6. Concrete Sea says:

    And meanwhile Back Room Police Services are protected as well so good news all around.We can all sleep safely in our beds knowing that numerous administrators are hard at work Mon – Fri 9-5 (or a bit earlier on Fri,its the weekend after all) ensuring we are all diverse and all crimes are correctly categorised with all unnecessary forms complete (or bounced if not). Incredible –wait for my book hopefully out soon–Disenchanted D.C.

  1. August 12, 2014

    […] BBC News – West Mercia Police cuts the number of stations with public counters. Front counters will close at 21 police stations and opening hours cut at another six, West Mercia Police has announced.  […]

  2. August 12, 2014

    […] BBC News – West Mercia Police cuts the number of stations with public counters. Front counters will close at 21 police stations and opening hours cut at another six, West Mercia Police has announced.  […]

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