Closing police station like 'jumping off a cliff'

THE closure of the police station in Salisbury will be like leaping off a cliff, the chairman of Wiltshire Police Federation believes.

Mike White says although police officers will make the best of it, they remain uncertain about what will follow closure of the Wilton Road police station in the summer. He said until a new custody centre is built in Salisbury in two years’ time, it is likely there will be fewer arrests in the city. This is because it will be so time-consuming to take prisoners to Melksham as part of the temporary arrangements.

Mr White said: “We don’t really know what the impact is going to be. It’s going to be jumping off a cliff.

“Some things may be dealt with in a different way. Officers will be more reluctant to arrest people than they were previously.”

But he said the 20 per cent cuts in personnel under the current Government, changes to powers of arrest and a falling crime rate would also reduce arrests. Once the police station has been closed, it will be renovated for use by the proposed South Wiltshire University Technical College.

About 100 police response officers serving Salisbury and south and west Wiltshire will then be based in Amesbury until work is completed on the new police station at the Five Rivers community campus. Another 50 officers in neighbourhood and plain-clothes teams will move to the council offices at Bourne Hill in Salisbury.

When the police station closure was announced last year, Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty said it was part of a cost-saving programme that would enable closer working with partners.

He said: “We want to reassure the people of Salisbury that we will continue to have a very visible policing presence in the city, maintaining the same numbers of police officers and staff.”

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5:45pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Williamson45 says...

What a fiasco!! A law-breakers charter. "Can't arrest you, cells at Melksham full or we don't have transport". The Police Commissioner post was supposed to be to support residents, not much sign of that.
What a fiasco!! A law-breakers charter. "Can't arrest you, cells at Melksham full or we don't have transport". The Police Commissioner post was supposed to be to support residents, not much sign of that. Williamson45
  • Score: 12

5:53pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Yer Tis says...

"He said until a new custody centre is built in Salisbury in two years’ time" Unfortunately it has already been stated last month IF a new custody centre is built.

It wont happen, so the one enduring fact the PCC can be proud off, is that in his tenure he has totally destroyed Wiltshire Police.

Wiltshire will have only one Police Station and that will be at Melksham.
Wiltshire will have only one Custody Suite and that will be at Melksham

If you report a crime, forget it, they will just give you a crime number.

Sorry to say I used to be proud of what Wiltshire Police had accomplished; now I am disgusted how one man and his politics has reduced that force to.
"He said until a new custody centre is built in Salisbury in two years’ time" Unfortunately it has already been stated last month IF a new custody centre is built. It wont happen, so the one enduring fact the PCC can be proud off, is that in his tenure he has totally destroyed Wiltshire Police. Wiltshire will have only one Police Station and that will be at Melksham. Wiltshire will have only one Custody Suite and that will be at Melksham If you report a crime, forget it, they will just give you a crime number. Sorry to say I used to be proud of what Wiltshire Police had accomplished; now I am disgusted how one man and his politics has reduced that force to. Yer Tis
  • Score: 15

8:19pm Mon 3 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

So the publics suspicions that these cuts would negatively affect policing is confirmed, by the police themselves.
9 jobs must resign!
So the publics suspicions that these cuts would negatively affect policing is confirmed, by the police themselves. 9 jobs must resign! karlmarx
  • Score: 10

9:43pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

Can anyone name a town of similar size to Salisbury that lacks a police station?
Can anyone name a town of similar size to Salisbury that lacks a police station? Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 10

7:12am Tue 4 Feb 14

Petera says...

I contacted John Glen MPabout this shambles. He bascically told me it was a police matter and nothing to do with the goverment . He did say he would ask the chief constable a couple of questions on my behalf. but other than that he felt that everthing was going to be fine. Time will tell!
I contacted John Glen MPabout this shambles. He bascically told me it was a police matter and nothing to do with the goverment . He did say he would ask the chief constable a couple of questions on my behalf. but other than that he felt that everthing was going to be fine. Time will tell! Petera
  • Score: 3

10:44am Tue 4 Feb 14

AndrewM says...

If much of the reason for leaving the current police station is inefficient use, might it not be more cost-effective to have the custody suite and new police station in the same place?
If much of the reason for leaving the current police station is inefficient use, might it not be more cost-effective to have the custody suite and new police station in the same place? AndrewM
  • Score: 6

7:02pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Schoolmum999 says...

I am actually starting to feel quite guilty about the fact that more often and not, the comments I feel most motivated to post are negative, but this is just another example of the demise of Salisbury and the fact that the people making the decisions about our beloved city, are just not listening to the local residents.

So off of the top of my poorly informed head;

Police Station
Bus Station
Coach Station
Hillcote
Youth Centres

What is the common theme? Public services or amenities which can be closed, sold or reduced. It really does look bad for Salisbury.

Oh yes and the bargain £3,000,000 market square which is supposed to bring business to the town (and has yet to have one such new event announced) is still not finished!
I am actually starting to feel quite guilty about the fact that more often and not, the comments I feel most motivated to post are negative, but this is just another example of the demise of Salisbury and the fact that the people making the decisions about our beloved city, are just not listening to the local residents. So off of the top of my poorly informed head; Police Station Bus Station Coach Station Hillcote Youth Centres What is the common theme? Public services or amenities which can be closed, sold or reduced. It really does look bad for Salisbury. Oh yes and the bargain £3,000,000 market square which is supposed to bring business to the town (and has yet to have one such new event announced) is still not finished! Schoolmum999
  • Score: 8

7:29pm Tue 4 Feb 14

gingin says...

Schoolmum999 wrote:
I am actually starting to feel quite guilty about the fact that more often and not, the comments I feel most motivated to post are negative, but this is just another example of the demise of Salisbury and the fact that the people making the decisions about our beloved city, are just not listening to the local residents.

So off of the top of my poorly informed head;

Police Station
Bus Station
Coach Station
Hillcote
Youth Centres

What is the common theme? Public services or amenities which can be closed, sold or reduced. It really does look bad for Salisbury.

Oh yes and the bargain £3,000,000 market square which is supposed to bring business to the town (and has yet to have one such new event announced) is still not finished!
They are not listening to anybody about anything! Wiltshire Times has just reported that the leader and the cabinet plus other leaders of committees will keep their high allowance rise!

I am wondering why Salisbury Journal has not yet reported on the meeting held today at County hall?!!
[quote][p][bold]Schoolmum999[/bold] wrote: I am actually starting to feel quite guilty about the fact that more often and not, the comments I feel most motivated to post are negative, but this is just another example of the demise of Salisbury and the fact that the people making the decisions about our beloved city, are just not listening to the local residents. So off of the top of my poorly informed head; Police Station Bus Station Coach Station Hillcote Youth Centres What is the common theme? Public services or amenities which can be closed, sold or reduced. It really does look bad for Salisbury. Oh yes and the bargain £3,000,000 market square which is supposed to bring business to the town (and has yet to have one such new event announced) is still not finished![/p][/quote]They are not listening to anybody about anything! Wiltshire Times has just reported that the leader and the cabinet plus other leaders of committees will keep their high allowance rise! I am wondering why Salisbury Journal has not yet reported on the meeting held today at County hall?!! gingin
  • Score: 6

7:54pm Tue 4 Feb 14

FreeBornJohn says...

I am of the same view. The politicians seem to be organising the slow decline of civic society. The Police Station is a symptom of this as are the other examples.

It appears to be purely ideological, the Tories just think that we are all individuals and we should all stand on our own two feet. So we don't need youth centers (they are a drain on resources, people should organise and pay for themselves). We don't need libraries or buses or Police for that matter. There is just you and if you want it you have to buy it.

So with this ideological view winning out at the moment we see our communities slowly ripped apart and we are all (rich and poor) the worse for it.

Of course its all a big lie. The government found £375 billion for the banks and gave it to them. But we can't have youth centres or Police Stations.
I am of the same view. The politicians seem to be organising the slow decline of civic society. The Police Station is a symptom of this as are the other examples. It appears to be purely ideological, the Tories just think that we are all individuals and we should all stand on our own two feet. So we don't need youth centers (they are a drain on resources, people should organise and pay for themselves). We don't need libraries or buses or Police for that matter. There is just you and if you want it you have to buy it. So with this ideological view winning out at the moment we see our communities slowly ripped apart and we are all (rich and poor) the worse for it. Of course its all a big lie. The government found £375 billion for the banks and gave it to them. But we can't have youth centres or Police Stations. FreeBornJohn
  • Score: 7

8:00pm Tue 4 Feb 14

FreeBornJohn says...

I was going to have a diatribe about nine jobs and his election commitment to "not shut the Salisbury Police station" but then why should I be surprised with lying politicians.

I will make a prediction.....

In six months time, after they have figured out that a new custody suite will cost more than £20 million, they will start to make noises about Policing being unaffected by the Melksham prisoner commute and then lo and behold, we don't need a custody south of the county.

The reality will be higher crime, people going un-arrested for crimes (who wants a 3 hour round trip to process a prisoner) and a slower response time to crimes. Criminals going free....Nine jobs is a criminals dream.
I was going to have a diatribe about nine jobs and his election commitment to "not shut the Salisbury Police station" but then why should I be surprised with lying politicians. I will make a prediction..... In six months time, after they have figured out that a new custody suite will cost more than £20 million, they will start to make noises about Policing being unaffected by the Melksham prisoner commute and then lo and behold, we don't need a custody south of the county. The reality will be higher crime, people going un-arrested for crimes (who wants a 3 hour round trip to process a prisoner) and a slower response time to crimes. Criminals going free....Nine jobs is a criminals dream. FreeBornJohn
  • Score: 13

8:42pm Tue 4 Feb 14

hairy poppins says...

Ah come on, it's not all bad news - reluctant police and fewer arrests means less police reported crime = the crime statistics will look a lot better, no? So closing the Police station might make Salisbury a statistically safer place to live.

Regardless, I'm off to windowshop on Rightmove to see if I can afford to move to Winchester... they've got roads without the holes dontchaknow.
Ah come on, it's not all bad news - reluctant police and fewer arrests means less police reported crime = the crime statistics will look a lot better, no? So closing the Police station might make Salisbury a statistically safer place to live. Regardless, I'm off to windowshop on Rightmove to see if I can afford to move to Winchester... they've got roads without the holes dontchaknow. hairy poppins
  • Score: 11

8:59pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Schoolmum999 says...

Funny you should mention moving. Hubby and I have for the first time ever, seriously started considering moving to Bournemouth. A sad day :
Funny you should mention moving. Hubby and I have for the first time ever, seriously started considering moving to Bournemouth. A sad day : Schoolmum999
  • Score: 6

9:09pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Morello says...

FreeBornJohn wrote:
I am of the same view. The politicians seem to be organising the slow decline of civic society. The Police Station is a symptom of this as are the other examples. It appears to be purely ideological, the Tories just think that we are all individuals and we should all stand on our own two feet. So we don't need youth centers (they are a drain on resources, people should organise and pay for themselves). We don't need libraries or buses or Police for that matter. There is just you and if you want it you have to buy it. So with this ideological view winning out at the moment we see our communities slowly ripped apart and we are all (rich and poor) the worse for it. Of course its all a big lie. The government found £375 billion for the banks and gave it to them. But we can't have youth centres or Police Stations.
Disagree with the politics, almost all the cost-saving elements would have had to happen, whatever the government of the day. And the banks ? what, you suggest they should have been allowed to go bust ?

My complaint is that these local politicians and decision-makers seem incapable of thinking outside the box. Their competence seems limited to cut, cut, cut if they find they haven't as much money as last year.

I guess I'm expecting too much. If they were capable of bigger things they'd be working in the private sector.
[quote][p][bold]FreeBornJohn[/bold] wrote: I am of the same view. The politicians seem to be organising the slow decline of civic society. The Police Station is a symptom of this as are the other examples. It appears to be purely ideological, the Tories just think that we are all individuals and we should all stand on our own two feet. So we don't need youth centers (they are a drain on resources, people should organise and pay for themselves). We don't need libraries or buses or Police for that matter. There is just you and if you want it you have to buy it. So with this ideological view winning out at the moment we see our communities slowly ripped apart and we are all (rich and poor) the worse for it. Of course its all a big lie. The government found £375 billion for the banks and gave it to them. But we can't have youth centres or Police Stations.[/p][/quote]Disagree with the politics, almost all the cost-saving elements would have had to happen, whatever the government of the day. And the banks ? what, you suggest they should have been allowed to go bust ? My complaint is that these local politicians and decision-makers seem incapable of thinking outside the box. Their competence seems limited to cut, cut, cut if they find they haven't as much money as last year. I guess I'm expecting too much. If they were capable of bigger things they'd be working in the private sector. Morello
  • Score: 3

9:51pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Grampie says...

Morello wrote:
FreeBornJohn wrote:
I am of the same view. The politicians seem to be organising the slow decline of civic society. The Police Station is a symptom of this as are the other examples. It appears to be purely ideological, the Tories just think that we are all individuals and we should all stand on our own two feet. So we don't need youth centers (they are a drain on resources, people should organise and pay for themselves). We don't need libraries or buses or Police for that matter. There is just you and if you want it you have to buy it. So with this ideological view winning out at the moment we see our communities slowly ripped apart and we are all (rich and poor) the worse for it. Of course its all a big lie. The government found £375 billion for the banks and gave it to them. But we can't have youth centres or Police Stations.
Disagree with the politics, almost all the cost-saving elements would have had to happen, whatever the government of the day. And the banks ? what, you suggest they should have been allowed to go bust ?

My complaint is that these local politicians and decision-makers seem incapable of thinking outside the box. Their competence seems limited to cut, cut, cut if they find they haven't as much money as last year.

I guess I'm expecting too much. If they were capable of bigger things they'd be working in the private sector.
Most of the local politicians making these decisions either work or used to work in the private sector.
[quote][p][bold]Morello[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeBornJohn[/bold] wrote: I am of the same view. The politicians seem to be organising the slow decline of civic society. The Police Station is a symptom of this as are the other examples. It appears to be purely ideological, the Tories just think that we are all individuals and we should all stand on our own two feet. So we don't need youth centers (they are a drain on resources, people should organise and pay for themselves). We don't need libraries or buses or Police for that matter. There is just you and if you want it you have to buy it. So with this ideological view winning out at the moment we see our communities slowly ripped apart and we are all (rich and poor) the worse for it. Of course its all a big lie. The government found £375 billion for the banks and gave it to them. But we can't have youth centres or Police Stations.[/p][/quote]Disagree with the politics, almost all the cost-saving elements would have had to happen, whatever the government of the day. And the banks ? what, you suggest they should have been allowed to go bust ? My complaint is that these local politicians and decision-makers seem incapable of thinking outside the box. Their competence seems limited to cut, cut, cut if they find they haven't as much money as last year. I guess I'm expecting too much. If they were capable of bigger things they'd be working in the private sector.[/p][/quote]Most of the local politicians making these decisions either work or used to work in the private sector. Grampie
  • Score: 2

7:26am Thu 6 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

Grampie wrote:
Morello wrote:
FreeBornJohn wrote:
I am of the same view. The politicians seem to be organising the slow decline of civic society. The Police Station is a symptom of this as are the other examples. It appears to be purely ideological, the Tories just think that we are all individuals and we should all stand on our own two feet. So we don't need youth centers (they are a drain on resources, people should organise and pay for themselves). We don't need libraries or buses or Police for that matter. There is just you and if you want it you have to buy it. So with this ideological view winning out at the moment we see our communities slowly ripped apart and we are all (rich and poor) the worse for it. Of course its all a big lie. The government found £375 billion for the banks and gave it to them. But we can't have youth centres or Police Stations.
Disagree with the politics, almost all the cost-saving elements would have had to happen, whatever the government of the day. And the banks ? what, you suggest they should have been allowed to go bust ?

My complaint is that these local politicians and decision-makers seem incapable of thinking outside the box. Their competence seems limited to cut, cut, cut if they find they haven't as much money as last year.

I guess I'm expecting too much. If they were capable of bigger things they'd be working in the private sector.
Most of the local politicians making these decisions either work or used to work in the private sector.
Or are paid handsomely to lobby on their behalf in Parliament.
[quote][p][bold]Grampie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Morello[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FreeBornJohn[/bold] wrote: I am of the same view. The politicians seem to be organising the slow decline of civic society. The Police Station is a symptom of this as are the other examples. It appears to be purely ideological, the Tories just think that we are all individuals and we should all stand on our own two feet. So we don't need youth centers (they are a drain on resources, people should organise and pay for themselves). We don't need libraries or buses or Police for that matter. There is just you and if you want it you have to buy it. So with this ideological view winning out at the moment we see our communities slowly ripped apart and we are all (rich and poor) the worse for it. Of course its all a big lie. The government found £375 billion for the banks and gave it to them. But we can't have youth centres or Police Stations.[/p][/quote]Disagree with the politics, almost all the cost-saving elements would have had to happen, whatever the government of the day. And the banks ? what, you suggest they should have been allowed to go bust ? My complaint is that these local politicians and decision-makers seem incapable of thinking outside the box. Their competence seems limited to cut, cut, cut if they find they haven't as much money as last year. I guess I'm expecting too much. If they were capable of bigger things they'd be working in the private sector.[/p][/quote]Most of the local politicians making these decisions either work or used to work in the private sector.[/p][/quote]Or are paid handsomely to lobby on their behalf in Parliament. karlmarx
  • Score: 2

10:05am Thu 6 Feb 14

karlmarx says...

"Of course its all a big lie. The government found £375 billion for the banks and gave it to them. But we can't have youth centres or Police Stations."

It is actually £1.3 trillion so far according to the Bank of England and independent auditors. Of course the banks should have been allowed to go bust as they are bankrupt. The £1.3 trillion wasted on them so far would have easily compensated their customers plus the added income from asset stripping the banks top staff of their properties and monies as compensation as well.
"Of course its all a big lie. The government found £375 billion for the banks and gave it to them. But we can't have youth centres or Police Stations." It is actually £1.3 trillion so far according to the Bank of England and independent auditors. Of course the banks should have been allowed to go bust as they are bankrupt. The £1.3 trillion wasted on them so far would have easily compensated their customers plus the added income from asset stripping the banks top staff of their properties and monies as compensation as well. karlmarx
  • Score: 2

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