Hove Police Station to close

Posted On 10 May 2011 at 2:48 am

Hove Police Station is to close, the Chief Constable of Sussex said yesterday (Monday 9 May).

Martin Richards also said 75 police officers with 30 years’ service could be forced to retire in the current financial year.

Final approval of both proposals is expected at a meeting of Sussex Police Authority which is due to be held on Thursday 26 May.

They form part of a package of measures intended to improve operational efficiency and contribute towards budget savings of £52 million by 2015.

Mr Richards said the decision to force officers to retire after 30 years was a reluctant decision not least because he knew many of the 75 officers affected.

In Hove, campaigners have urged Sussex Police not to close the police station in Holland Road but their campaign has been to no avail.

The road policing unit based there has already been transferred to Haywards Heath.

Eastbourne and Worthing will also lose their police stations.

Mr Richards said that the proposed closures followed research showing a big drop in the number of people using police stations.

The force has carried out a public consultation. Mr Richards said that it found that the public wanted high-quality telephone services, more opportunity to make appointments to see officers and greater visibility of officers on the streets.

His announcement of the money-saving measures was made on the same day as the government said that it would reduce the burden of police bureaucracy.

Home Secretary Theresa May set out plans to allow suspects to be charged by post rather than in person at a police station.

In the House of Commons she said that this was the start of a process intended to release police from form-filling and allow them to chase criminals instead of chasing targets.

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