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Police listen to concerns about station closure
10:12am Thursday 11th October 2012 in Salisbury Letters
I have written to Chief Constable Patrick Geenty and Salisbury Inspector Andrew Noble about the possible closure of Salisbury Police Headquarters, and sent 300 signatures collected in three days in support of keeping our police headquarters building open.
On October 3, I spoke to Insp Noble and feel much more informed.
Firstly, the actual building and land the present headquarters is on belong to Wiltshire Police, so if the headquarters were to be closed, then any money from the sale or development would go straight back into Wiltshire Police funds to help preserve our force’s numbers and services and increase numbers when needed.
Insp Noble reminded me that as long as he has access to all the relevant services the police need and maintains the staff here, then the Five Rivers community campus is nothing to be afraid of.
I strongly believed we needed an imposing building to tell everyone we had a strong, effective, well-manned police force. I was wrong. The police and other related services we may all need to access, will be better placed somewhere like the Five Rivers community campus.
What I intend to do as an individual and a council tax payer, is to attend any meetings that are going to be held in the future about the police and the Five Rivers community campus.
Insp Noble represents a breath of fresh air for the city.
I was beginning to have serious worries for our safety, but crime rates are, and will continue to be, checked by our police.
DENISE ROE, Salisbury