DORSET police front desk services could be maintained in the north of the county after members of the public snubbed the idea of having officers running a mobile service.

The force and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) are consulting over counter service provision after a review identified that they were under-used.

The proposals could save about £500,000 – the equivalent of ten frontline officers or 17 PCSOs.

PCC Martyn Underhill said: “The force and I have received significant feedback about these proposed changes and we have carefully considered a range of alternative suggestions and views.

“For example, the feedback has indicated that the provision of a peripatetic service in the north of the county was not considered viable or valued. A full-time site has been highlighted as the preferred alternative.

“We have therefore reviewed the initial proposals and would now seek to retain a front counter provision in North Dorset. The location of this service is yet to be determined and will be influenced by the availability of a suitable location and the level of demand.”

Chief Constable Debbie Simpson said: “It is evident that the proposed changes to our public front counter services have generated much local interest and we are grateful for the feedback received. We are keen to hear from the public, elected members and partners about the revised proposed changes to public front counter service and I’d like to reiterate that no final decisions have been made.”

Members of the public wishing to provide feedback are encouraged to email