“FINANCIAL pressures” have pushed police to move front desk services from Chelmsley Wood Police Station to the nearby shopping centre.
Police chiefs say they are aiming to make officers more accessible as services move to the joint Solihull Connect walk-in centre, between West Midlands Police and Solihull Council, on Monday July 2. Chelmsley Wood Police Station will close to the public the following week.
David Wilkin, director of resources at West Midlands Police, said: As part of our commitment to modernise the force, coupled with the financial pressures we are likely to face over the forthcoming years, we have to be innovative and creative in the way we provide our services, which includes those services which have traditionally only been available from police station front counters.
We are actively exploring a number of new and exciting options available to us as we would like to have more officers co-located in shared premises based in the heart of local communities.
Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, Solihull local policing unit commander, confirmed Chelmsley Wood would remain an operational station with only front office services moving to the more accessible location, above Asda in Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre.
Im confident our presence in the heart of Chelmsley Wood will result in increased inter-action with the public and help us continue to improve our relationships with local people, she said.
Councillor Ken Meeson, Leader of Solihull Council, said he was delighted at the move. This means our customers will be able to access the police at the same time as visiting us, he added.
Solihull Connect will open 10am-5pm on weekdays and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
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