KENILWORTH Police Station’s front desk will close for good next year and will be replaced with a service in Kenilworth library.
On Monday February 28, the force is teaming up with Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council to provide the services currently available from the front desk enquiry office at Kenilworth police station, from the Warwickshire Direct facility next door.
There you will be able to report crime, anti-social behaviour incidents and place lost and found property enquiries.
Supt Adrian McGee, head of customer contact at Warwickshire Police, said: “We are currently reviewing all policing services and the facilities required to support them.
“When we measured the demand for Kenilworth police front desk enquiry office services, we found it only received a daily average of seven to eight visitors during an eight hour period.
“These changes will enable us to make better use of our resources and provide a more effective and efficient service to the public and we welcome this opportunity to team up with the council to offer this kind of service in Kenilworth and feel sure that the local community will benefit.
“The police station in Kenilworth will still be an operational base and there will be no reduction in policing in the town as a result of these changes.”
This move follows schemes in Warwick and Alcester, where services are now available from Warwickshire Direct at Shire Hall and Globe House where members of the public can now access a wider range of services under one roof.
Inspector Richard Woodcock, sector commander for Kenilworth, said: “It is important that people remember we are not closing the police station - it is only the front desk we are closing.
“The police will still be out and about as usual and will use the station as their base.
“At the moment the front desk costs £25,000 a year to run and that doesn’t include costs for uniform and training.
“When the one person who runs that front desk is off it’s closed anyway, therefore I think it’s better to have a service always available.
“As a taxpayer I believe keeping the front desk is a waste of money, so this is a brave move forward.”
Cllr Pauline Edwards, Kenilworth community forum chairwoman, said: “It sounds like it could be a good move now all the details have been explained. We are very proud of our police team and think they do a very good job in the community.
“I believe they will continue to do so with this new move.”