Force announces that Dronfield enquiry office will close next week


DERBYSHIRE Constabulary has announced the date that Dronfield enquiry office will close.

The front counter at the police station, in Lea Road, will close to the public on Friday, February 24. From that date, the nearest counter service for Dronfield residents will be at the station in Beetwell Street, Chesterfield.

The opening hours at Chesterfield enquiry office are between 8am and 10pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am until 8pm on Sundays.

Police officers will still be present at the Dronfield station, only the front counter service is closing. Residents are reminded that by calling 101, they can access many services offered by the force, including making a scheduled appointment with an officer.

You can find out who your local Safer Neighbourhood team police officers are by entering your postcode into the Derbyshire Constabulary website

Last month, the force announced that it had to make the difficult financial decision to close nine enquiry offices in the county and alter opening hours in some locations to best meet demand.

Following reductions in police budgets announced in October 2010 the force was left with a budget deficit of £13m by the end of 2012/13 and a predicted total of £24m by 2014/15.

The Moving Forward Programme was implemented in 2009 to look at ways to work more effectively and deliver the necessary savings.

As part of this a review of the enquiry office service was started in May 2010 to assess how effective the front counter service was and whether they provided value for money.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “We examined every single one of our enquiry offices and looked in detail at the services they provided and the number of visitors they received.

“It was clear that there was spare capacity across all sites and many of the smaller offices, such as Dronfield, only received a handful of visitors each week.

“It was a not a decision we took lightly but we had to carefully consider retaining buildings or retaining officers.”

Details of the remaining closures and revised opening hours will be publicised in due course.