11/04/12...Opening hours to be cut at Thame police station -
THAMES Valley Police has announced the new opening hours of its front counters in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse local police area (LPA), following a review of counter services across the Force. The new hours will be implemented from 2 July 2012.
Supt Rob Povey, Commander of South Oxfordshire and Vale LPA, said: “Our aim is to make best use of our resources, while maintaining a local police presence in our communities, which we have managed to achieve. However, there will be reductions in some of the front counter opening hours in the South and Vale.
“I want to reassure the community that this is not about removing officers from our streets. The visibility and availability of police officers to attend incidents is not affected by front counter opening times. Your neighbourhood teams will still be out patrolling the same areas they do now and will retain their local bases.
“It is also important people are clear that this does not affect emergency response teams in South Oxfordshire and Vale LPA, which are separate from neighbourhood teams. They remain on patrol 24-hours-a-day across the borough and will continue to operate as normal.
”We know that the role of counter services is much valued by the public, and we have worked hard to maintain a high level of service provision in the face of substantial budget cuts across the whole of Thames Valley Police. The new opening hours were drawn up after an analysis of demand and extensive consultation with staff, partner agencies and the general public.”
The opening hours at Thame police station in Greyhound Lane, will change to 9am – 5pm, Tues - Sat; from July 2, 2012.
As well as visiting a police station front counter, there are a number of other ways to contact your local police, which many people may find easier and more convenient.
Thames Valley Police now has a new number – 101 – for non-emergency calls and routine enquiries. There is no change to the emergency number, 999.
You can also use the Force website www.thamesvalley.police.uk to report a crime, as well as to access a wealth of information including:
details of your neighbourhood team
crime prevention advice
latest news and events
answers to frequently-asked questions.
Up-to-the-minute information is available on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, all of which can be easily reached via our website.
Neighbourhood policing teams provide a direct point of contact in each community. They are available while out on patrol, during Have Your Say meetings and public forums, via email, at Neighbourhood Action Groups and many other local initiatives. Visit the website or call 101 to contact your neighbourhood officers.