Hyde police station counter to close next year
Tuesday 6th December 2016 @ 06:11 by Adam Higgins
Community Hyde News

The public enquiry counter at Hyde police station will close in February next year, following a review by Greater Manchester Police into its services.

The counter at the busy Clarendon Road station is one of 10 across the region – including the one at Fred Perry House in Stockport – which will close on February 27 due to low public demand, GMP has announced.

More than 2,000 people responded to GMP’s public consultation on how they access services – with just 10 per cent saying they had used a public enquiry counter in the last 10 years.

The review, which has been running since last year, considered changes to ensure the force’s services are being used in the most effective way, with many people now using digital means to communicate with the police.

It found that, of the region’s 22 public enquiry counters, the 10 which will close has generated just 18 per cent of demand across the whole of Greater Manchester.

GMP insist officer numbers will not change at Hyde or the other areas and stations will still be used as a base for police staff and officers.

Members of the public will still be able to visit the police station for pre-arranged appointments and neighbourhood meetings will continue to take place within communities.

Assistant Chief Constable, Rob Potts, said: “We are transforming policing in Greater Manchester and these changes will help us focus on meeting demand that already exists.

“We need people’s continued support as we make changes to ensure we are focused on keeping people safe and providing the best service possible.

“These changes are a crucial step in ensuring our services match the needs of the people that we serve.”

A Tameside Council spokesperson said: “The closure of the enquiry desk at Hyde is part of a region wide review of access points across Greater Manchester.

“The results of the consultation and the decision as to which desks will remain open was based on a fair distribution of physical access points across GM and the use of the desks. For instance if an enquiry desk was not well used then it was seen as a low demand service.

“People are now contacting the Police in many different ways, including an increase in the use of the 101 telephone number and accessing information online and through social media. The closure of the desk is a reflection of this change of and, like many other public services, the need to target resources most effectively.

“There are drop down points through-out the borough where the public can meet and consult Neighbourhood staff locally and details of how to get in contact with local officers are on the GMP website.”

You can find out more about how to contact GMP to tell them your thoughts here.