Confirmation was given to members of Forfar Community Council that there are no current plans to close Forfar Police Station.
In his report to this month’s meeting, Community Liaison Officer Constable Scott Anderson gave details of the on-going consultation with front counter staff about proposed changes for greater consistency in public counter provision.
The proposed change for the Forfar station would see the opening hours move from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. He stressed there were no proposals to shut the police stations in Forfar or Kirriemuir, which operates out of the Access Office.
He said: “There are critical functions which are dealt with by counter services. These range from someone on bail, road traffic issues, registered sex offenders signing in, firearm licences, taxi licence testing and vehicle seizures. The proposal for Forfar is a change of half an hour. Forfar is one of the busiest stations in Angus and will remain open.”
Following a review of how the public accessed the full range of policing services across Scotland, it was found the numbers attending police stations personally had reduced significantly as other ways of engaging with police services had developed. The review has provided Police Scotland with an opportunity to consider changes and different ways to access police services and how these services could be effectively managed and delivered throughout Scotland. It is envisaged the proposals will see a greater consistency with regards opening hours, functions undertaken by staff and the service provided.
Police Scotland stated: “These proposed changes are about matching our resources to the demands of the communities we serve in order to keep people safe.”