PCC's bold move

First published in Letters

THE RE-OPENING of several Gwent police stations by Ian Johnston, the local police and crime commissioner (PCC) is a bold decision that effectively reverses cuts made to front desk services at the seven stations (out of 17) that were closed to the public back in 2012 (with the loss of 19 jobs).

Now Gwent Police are reopening stations in Caerphilly, Chepstow, Maindee, Monmouth, Pontypool, Risca and Ystrad Mynach.

Wisely the restoration of front counter services will be reviewed after 12 months and levels of use will also be monitored. I for one, hope that this bold step works out, and some of our communities can retain their (open) police stations.

Taking a long-term view, consideration should be given to our emergency service (Police, Fire and Ambulance) developing shared facilities, something that could help improve response times across the board, save money and provide a welcome emergency service presence in our smaller towns.

Jonathan T Clark Allt-yr-yn Heights Newport

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8:06pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Frankfurt says...

Since these police stations are only open 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, I wonder how much use they are. Are they simply wasting police resources that could be better employed elsewhere?
Since these police stations are only open 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, I wonder how much use they are. Are they simply wasting police resources that could be better employed elsewhere? Frankfurt
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1:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

county mad says...

Frankfurt wrote:
Since these police stations are only open 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, I wonder how much use they are. Are they simply wasting police resources that could be better employed elsewhere?
so what is better no stations open, no service to the public you cannot be satisfied closed no service to the public ,open waste of resources .What is your solution leave a large town like Cwmbran without an open operating police station?
[quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: Since these police stations are only open 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, I wonder how much use they are. Are they simply wasting police resources that could be better employed elsewhere?[/p][/quote]so what is better no stations open, no service to the public you cannot be satisfied closed no service to the public ,open waste of resources .What is your solution leave a large town like Cwmbran without an open operating police station? county mad
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6:44pm Wed 23 Apr 14

varteg1 says...

county mad wrote:
Frankfurt wrote:
Since these police stations are only open 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, I wonder how much use they are. Are they simply wasting police resources that could be better employed elsewhere?
so what is better no stations open, no service to the public you cannot be satisfied closed no service to the public ,open waste of resources .What is your solution leave a large town like Cwmbran without an open operating police station?
What service to the public.

Where I live the only police presence we see is the speed trap van appearing on the odd occasion.

That is a tax gatherer. and does almost nothing in the way of crime stopping, unless you see speeding as a 'serious' crime. which few drivers do.

Where are the plods on foot?

Where are the plods in cars even, unless they get a call out to a road incident, then they are often quite happy to demonstrate how competent they are at driving.
The cop shop in the Garn has been closed almost perpetually since it was built to replace the Victorian one that was deemed unsuited to modern policing. Despite the pronouncement of the PCC I seriously doubt it is open even today, except maybe for the occasional sit down and cuppa.
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Frankfurt[/bold] wrote: Since these police stations are only open 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, I wonder how much use they are. Are they simply wasting police resources that could be better employed elsewhere?[/p][/quote]so what is better no stations open, no service to the public you cannot be satisfied closed no service to the public ,open waste of resources .What is your solution leave a large town like Cwmbran without an open operating police station?[/p][/quote]What service to the public. Where I live the only police presence we see is the speed trap van appearing on the odd occasion. That is a tax gatherer. and does almost nothing in the way of crime stopping, unless you see speeding as a 'serious' crime. which few drivers do. Where are the plods on foot? Where are the plods in cars even, unless they get a call out to a road incident, then they are often quite happy to demonstrate how competent they are at driving. The cop shop in the Garn has been closed almost perpetually since it was built to replace the Victorian one that was deemed unsuited to modern policing. Despite the pronouncement of the PCC I seriously doubt it is open even today, except maybe for the occasional sit down and cuppa. varteg1
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3:03pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Antiloquax2703 says...

The argument against police stations being open to the public is primarily cost measured against their use. A fresh approach is long overdue. Other agencies and organisations have similar problems. One stop shops are not revolutionary but they do program opportunity to share costs and better value for money. Strategic thinking in police circles is extremely poor, demonstrated time and again in many areas. Because of this, we don't get the service we deserve. Unfortunately, the PCC has returned to a failed system, albeit popular because it provides the public with a service they want rather than need. I don't disagree with greater accessibility but bring it up to date.
The argument against police stations being open to the public is primarily cost measured against their use. A fresh approach is long overdue. Other agencies and organisations have similar problems. One stop shops are not revolutionary but they do program opportunity to share costs and better value for money. Strategic thinking in police circles is extremely poor, demonstrated time and again in many areas. Because of this, we don't get the service we deserve. Unfortunately, the PCC has returned to a failed system, albeit popular because it provides the public with a service they want rather than need. I don't disagree with greater accessibility but bring it up to date. Antiloquax2703
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