I see today in the Rutland Times that Uppingham’s police station is to close. All part of our ‘get us out of recession’ cuts. I confess that although Uppingham is my nearest town, I had no idear that there even WAS a police station in Leicester Road.
The knee jerk reaction to news like this is to throw up your hands in horror and start talking about ‘front line cut backs’… but the reality is that Uppingham is not to lose its policemen, just stop owning (and having to maintain) a building. As Inspector Monks says “Buildings do not respond to 999 calls. Buildings do not deliver neighbourhood policing. People do.”
Quite right. And if the police rent a smaller, more appropriate space nearer the town centre, then I am sure we’ll all be better off in every sense of the word.