Police front desks hit by budget cuts

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Proposals to alter the hours at police station front desks could see cuts to provision at South Kirkby station.

Public views are being sought on the future of the West Yorkshire Police’s public enquiry counters, in a move that could save more than £2m in their ongoing spending review.

It follows earlier consultation with people across the county, which showed that overnight demand for the service is very low and eight out of 10 people surveyed said they hadn’t visited an enquiry counter in the past year.

If implemented, the changes would mean the enquiry counter at Wakefield would be open Monday to Sunday between 8am and 10pm, and in Pontefract and Castleford Monday to Friday between 10am and 6pm.

Police have said a community contact point would be created in South Kirkby.

Chief Superintendent Marc Callaghan added: “This is not about reducing our service. Neighbourhood policing is about us going out into the community and working with them to address local problems.

“We have established a number of opportunities for this to happen which involves us being available right in the heart of our communities - not waiting for people to come to us.”