Congratulations to police chief

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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1:02am Sat 3 May 14

karlmarx says...

This whole saga has been a complete disaster from the outset. The only saving grace has been Chief Constable Pat Geenty and his common sense approach to policing in Wiltshire. No doubt he has been under considerable pressure from the PCC to tow the line on budget cuts but has had the decency to stand by the residents and try to highlight some of the inherent drawbacks in these 'plans'.
The latest proposal of putting a custody suite next to the railway station? What a welcome to Salisbury for visitors and tourists alighting from their trains, a police custody suite, great thinking!
This whole saga has been a complete disaster from the outset. The only saving grace has been Chief Constable Pat Geenty and his common sense approach to policing in Wiltshire. No doubt he has been under considerable pressure from the PCC to tow the line on budget cuts but has had the decency to stand by the residents and try to highlight some of the inherent drawbacks in these 'plans'. The latest proposal of putting a custody suite next to the railway station? What a welcome to Salisbury for visitors and tourists alighting from their trains, a police custody suite, great thinking! karlmarx
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