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The Oxhill News

June 2009

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Open Letter from local police inspector

Stratford Police Station,

Rother Street,

Stratford upon Avon.

Warwickshire.

CV37 6RD

Tel no.  (01789) 414111

Fax no. (01926) 415653

13th May, 2009

Open letter to the Residents of the Shipston area concerning the temporary closure of Shipston Police Station

Dear Resident

The Chief Constable and the Police authority remain committed to neighbourhood policing and to retaining a modern and fit for purpose police station in Shipston on Stour.  As you may be aware a major refurbishment of the existing police station is due to take place this year and we are hopeful that it will be completed within a three-month time scale.  We anticipate that the work will start no later than July 2009. The police station will be closed to the public for the duration of the building work and your Safer Neighbourhood team will temporarily be based at Wellesbourne.  The option of a time-staged refurbishment was considered but was discounted due to operational reasons and the significant additional use of public funds this would incur.

I am aware that this temporary closure may cause some concerns within the community and because of this I wish to reassure you that the policing cover across the area will not be compromised.

I am grateful to Shipston Town Council for the offer of alternative police accommodation within the town for the duration of the building work but we have had to decline this kind offer due to the prohibitive costs of providing secure computer links and ensuring the required level of security to protect sensitive information.

A plan has been put in place to ensure that the protection we offer and police cover provided is not compromised by this temporary closure.  I have provided an extra regular Safer Neighbourhood team officer to Shipston, have sourced a mobile police station to be deployed locally and will be personally monitoring the temporary closure and any negative effects it may have locally.

Having seen the plans for the new Police station I am personally convinced that the short term loss of your Police Station is the right thing as it will provide a modern and fit for purpose Police Station in Shipston for the future and will ultimately allow us to provide better protection and a better service locally.

Patrick Devereux, Inspector (Safer Neighbourhoods Teams)

Stratford upon Avon District

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