Opening hours cut at police station

POLICE station opening hours are to be cut in Harrogate in a money-saving measure from North Yorkshire Police.

Front counter services are to be reduced in a bid to “maximise efficiency and effectiveness”, so that the station is only open at its busiest times.

Currently, the front counter is manned from 7am to 11pm, but a spokesman for the force could not confirm what the new hours will be.

He said this will be revealed in June, adding that the authority could not comment on the impact on staff numbers because meetings were ongoing.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said the move will not affect the public’s access to officers as appointments can still be made outside of office hours.

“Our review of front counter services showed that some of the resources committed to running these facilities were not providing value for money in their current form,” he said.

“In this economic climate when we have to prioritise resources according to demand, we simply can not afford to be operating front counters where hardly any members of the public made use of them or during the quieter periods of the day.”

Stations all across North Yorkshire are facing similar changes. Hours are to be reduced at others including Tadcaster, Ripon and Catterick.

Knaresborough meanwhile, will see its office hours extended as the authority says that current arrangements are not meeting demand.

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