Reader's letter: Local policing matters
The proposal of moving Newark Police Station from Queen’s Road to Castle House became public knowledge in August and was opposed by many, and their views were not listened to, or a good reason for the move was clearly not made.
I have an old telephone directory that shows four police divisions and innumerable police stations in the city and the county’s urban areas.
Clearly at that time the force’s real estate was too large and one can only presume that some of these police stations were too small and costly to maintain.
The question is why such a large building was under-used from the almost the time it was built in 2007.
Other stations are used by specific police teams as their base, so why didn’t this happen in Newark?
A perhaps a spokesman for the district council should prove how a co-location with a district office can help to cut crime and increase police presence?
Police stations should be open to the public at all times, either for help, showing documentation, or even making a daily appearance as required by law. But too many seem to be closed to the public.
We seldom see police just on a regular patrol. When Neighbourhood Policing was set up it consisted of one sergeant, two constables and three community support officers. Not so now.
Local policing matters. — A. M. WADDINGTON, Sutton-on-Trent.