Liberal Democrat Cllr. John Howson, the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate, has criticised the Tory consultation on closing Police counters for not offering information on what will replace counter services.
Cllr John Howson criticised the consultationfor not offering information on what will replace counter services.
Cllr Howson said, "How will the police deal with issues such as ‘lost and found’ in rural areas and the reporting of crime by those without phones or internet access, such as the elderly. Can basic counter services be shared with other public help desks in council offices and libraries or even the media? After all, newspapers and radio stations serving local areas often have telephones staffed 24 hours a day."
This is another example of poor communication with the public from a force overseen by a Tory Commissioner. He should have sent this consultation back for further work so it properly engages with the public. Another solution might be to revamp the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme using parish and town councils as a basis for local hubs backed by local Whatsapp Groups. Perhaps Tech Companies can help deliver this campaign.
Cllr Howson added, "Police stations cannot continue as they have been, just as police boxes disappeared from our streets when police radios became commonplace, so the police must move with the times. But, they still need to be available to all citizens and the consultation doesn’t show how they will achieve that aim."