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Congratulations to police chief
2:18pm Thursday 1st May 2014 in Postbag
CONGRATULATIONS to Wiltshire's Police Chief Constable for standing by his principles.
Chief Constable Pat Geenty has publicly stated – as reported in last week's Journal - that he is prepared to resign if a new police custody suite is not built in Salisbury.
He said a custody suite is needed in the city and while it may not make good business sense to build a new one, he will resign if it doesn't go ahead.
"I'm not going to be known for closing the custody suite in Salisbury on my watch," he said.
Well done, Chief Constable, there are many people in the city who support your views and who also consider the closing of the Wilton Road police station as "gross folly".
Where the sense is in moving Salisbury's entire police force from one purpose-built building (albeit larger than needed) and splitting them between three separate sites dotted around the city, many people cannot comprehend.
Surely it would have made more sense to allow the police to use what parts of the headquarters they need, and let out - or sell - the unwanted parts of the building.
At least, thanks to the Chief Constable, Salisbury should retain a custody suite, thus saving the timewasting and expensive journeys to and from Melksham.
Roland Batten, Porton
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