New police front counter hours in place

Changes to front counter services at North Yorkshire Police stations came into effect on Monday.

The adjustment to opening times at local stations follows a major review which was part of a wider programme instigated by Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell in response to Government funding cuts which left North Yorkshire Police facing a potential funding gap of around £20m by 2014-15 from the current budget of £139m.

Superintendent Amanda Oliver, Safer Neighbourhood Commander for Hambleton and Richmondshire, said: “I am confident the review of our front counter services will allow us to focus on improving customer service. All stations within the Command remain accessible and there are alternative arrangements for out-of-hours, which continues to work well.

“We continue to work in partnership with other organisations to identify new opportunities for providing front counter services.

“Whilst the reorganisation has undoubtedly taken funding and efficiencies into account, there has been an immense amount of work behind the scenes that will result in us being able to provide a first class service to our communities.”

The new front counter opening times for stations in the district are: Northallerton Police Station, Monday-Sunday 8am-8pm, Thirsk Police Station, Monday-Friday 9.30am-1pm, Stokesley Police Station, Monday-Thursday 8.30am-5pm and Friday 8.30am-4.30pm, Bedale Police Station, Monday-Friday 9.30am-1pm Richmond Police Station Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm, Catterick Garrison Police Station, Monday-Friday 8.30am-12pm.

Easingwold Police Station, Leyburn Police Station and Hawes Community office opening hours are unchanged.