Police desk to open at Rutland County Council offices in Oakham
The police front enquiry desk in Oakham will open in a new location next month.
The desk will move from the police station in Station Road to Rutland County Council’s Catmose offices on January 7.
The existing police station is due to close in the new year, with officers moving to a new and smaller building currently under construction in the adjacent car park.
Commander of Rutland Local Policing Unit Insp Lou Cordiner said: “The new joint service, together with our new police station, is a commitment to a continuing police presence in Oakham and Rutland.
“In addition to the counter service, members of the public can still access the police through phone, email, social media, web chats and beat surgeries.”
The desk at Catmose will be open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. The council’s customer service team will continue their current weekday hours of 8.30am to 5pm (4.30pm Fridays).
There will be a private room in the council reception area for anyone wishing to talk to the police in confidence. A phone will also be installed on the outside of the council building so that people can contact police when the offices are closed.
Leicestershire Police decided to demolish the existing police station in Oakham and build a smaller one to save on operating costs.
Rutland County Council leader Roger Begy said: “Having Oakham’s police inquiry desk here at the council makes perfect sense and is a move we’re sure residents will welcome.
“We know that local people value the visible police presence in Oakham and sharing a reception area will also offer added convenience for those who need to access both police and council services.”