West Midlands Police is continuing to ask for feedback on its proposals to change the opening hours of some police station front offices.
The force is proposing controversial changes to the opening hours of 12 front offices, including those of Bloxwich Police Station, the most modern and only station in Walsall Metropolitan Borough to be affected.
Bloxwich Police Station currently opens 24 hours a day and its opening hours are proposed to be slashed to just 10am-6pm.
This has provoked a distinctly negative reaction from unhappy local residents, and has prompted a petition against the Bloxwich cuts, organised by local Labour councillors, which has already attracted thousands of signatures from the people of Bloxwich, Blakenall Heath and Leamore. See our previous news item for details and further background.
As part of the official communication process, a website on the main force site (www.west-midlands.police.uk ) has been set up detailing the analysis behind the proposed changes.
A detailed report has also gone to the police authority for their consideration and was presented at their last meeting on Thursday 01 December. The report is available on the Police Authority website. www.west-midlands-pa.gov.uk . Police Authority members will consider the proposal and the consultation process.
Members of the public can still make their views known to West Midlands Police via firstname.lastname@example.org, or can write to West Midlands Police, Lloyd House, Colmore Circus, Queensway, B4 6NQ.
People are able to give feedback until the 15 January 2012. A final decision will then be announced by the force later that month.