Brechin police station set to have front desk closed

Brechin police office looks set to close.
Brechin police office looks set to close.

Brechin police station looks set to be one of 65 stations across Scotland that will offer no front counter provision.

Proposals for the closures were set out by Police Scotland who plan to introduce a modern and more effective way of operating public counter services across the country.

Following a review of previous work and the current understanding of demand within the 14 divisions across Police Scotland it was found that public attendance at front counters has reduced significantly.

Public counters have a core role in delivering a service that cannot be done in any other way and include registration of sex offenders, examination of driving documents, receipt of found property and foreign nationals registering with the police. Other functions such as reporting crimes or road traffic accidents do not have to be done at a police station and can be done remotely, to a police officer, by phone or in some cases electronically.

In Brechin the station currently has a public counter service operating between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.

During a survey, which captured data for three days during a week long survey, it was found that a total of 22 demands were made to the station assistant.

Of the 12 visitors to the public counter only one enquiry was classed as falling into the essential category.

It is therefore proposed that Brechin station has no public counter provisions.

Any changes to public counter opening hours will be publicised in order to keep the local communities are fully informed.

Assistant chief constable Wayne Mawson, who has led the review, said: “The public access our services in many ways, but we have seen the number of people calling at public counters drop in recent years.

“The transition to Police Scotland gave us a chance to critically review all of our processes to ensure we make the best of our resources and provide best value for money to the public.

“The model we propose to move to will deliver a professional service based on our current needs and that of the public, as well as for the longer-term.

“These proposed changes are about matching our resources to the demands of the communities we serve in order to keep people safe.”