Police station opening hours to reduce

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OPENING hours at Ripon police station are set to be reduced in the latest shake-up of the North Yorkshire force.

A major review of all front counter services at police stations and local police offices has taken place to analyse public usage and, if required, how the service can be adapted where current arrangements and resources do not match demand.

The force said Ripon along with Bedale, Thirsk and Northallerton were among the stations where hours would be reduced due to insufficient demand, while Knaresborough’s front counter opening times will be extended as current arrangements are not meeting demand.

The new opening times for the various stations will be announced in June.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: “Where changes are introduced to front counters, alternative access arrangements will be put in place including holding more local surgeries and using the mobile police offices.

“Appointment systems will also be devised to ensure people can arrange face-to-face meetings with their Safer Neighbourhood Team officers.

“It is also important for residents to remember that North Yorkshire Police can be contacted at any time of the day or night, 365 days a year, through the force control room. If somebody needs police assistance, be it an emergency or otherwise, we are always on hand to help.”

The announcement of the changes to opening times follows this week’s news that force control room operations are to be centralised in York.