Interrogating police on cuts

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Fears that the closure of the police inquiry office in Chapel-en-le-Frith will mean that officers may have less time to spend on the beat have been voiced by councillors.

Derbyshire Police are looking to save £451,000 by closing a number of under-used inquiry offices.

However, members of Chapel Parish Council are concerned about the loss of backroom staff whose work will have to be carried out by front-line officers.

Cllr Tim Norton said: “That person there doing admin will be doing work for other police personnel there and PCSOs – things like that.

“If that person goes, who does the work? Are officers and PCSOs going to spend more time in the police station themselves rather than being out and about?”

The council are to write to the police expressing their concerns about the issue to highlight not only the loss of a contact point for the public but also the loss of administraive support to the force locally.