The public enquiry counter at West Didsbury Police Station on Elizabeth Slinger Road will be closing on Monday 9 April 2012.
This is due to a review which is being undertaken by the Greater Manchester Police Authority (GMPA) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to establish the cost-effectiveness of the 55 public enquiry counters across Greater Manchester. The Force has to make £134 million of savings by 2015.
Part of the review has included research on how the public enquiry counters are being used. Since the closure of custody, only a handful of people use the enquiry counter meaning it has become very expensive to run. The average cost per customer is £14.11 but each visit can cost as much as £100.
Chief Superintendent Rob Potts said: “The closure of the front enquiry counter will not impact on policing in the area and neighbourhood policing remains at the heart of what we do. As the times change, we need to provide the very best access to our services in a way that is fit for the future and consider the current financial situation.
“Residents will still be able to contact officers at neighbourhood meetings and surgeries or get in touch by telephone, email or through social networks. Our customer service desk provides an enhanced appointment system allowing us to see people in their own home at a time convenient to them.
“If residents need to go to a police station then they can attend either Wythenshawe Police Station on Poundswick Lane or Longsight Police Station on Grindlow Street. Both are open seven days a week, 8am – 11pm.
“Residents can also continue to contact their local neighbourhood policing teams if they have any concerns about crime or antisocial behaviour.”
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