Letter: Police are better off out on patrol than in offices

On last week’s Advertiser letters’ page (The Tories Are Too Late), Nicholas Bostin complained that the Tories have closed 217 police stations since 2015.

By Tracy Smith
Friday, 13th May 2022, 11:00 am

I presume this is a national figure rather than just Derbyshire.

Either way, does he not realise that to provide just one officer, 24 hours a day in each station, requires five persons to cover shifts, rest days, annual leave, training and sickness.

Thus to put one person in each of those stations would take 1,085 officers, sitting there in case someone came in.

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A reader would prefer to see police on the streets rather than sat in an office.

Modern policing is based on officers out on patrol in constant radio contact with HQ, able to proactively respond to incidents they see and be directed by control to those they don't witness.

Whether there are enough police officers actually on the streets is a totally different question, but the answer is certainly not to take another 1,085 off those streets and then have them sit in offices.

George Boyle

Furness Vale

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