More than 600 UK police stations have shut in past decade
Around half of police stations in the UK have been closed over the past decade, reports have said.
At least 667 stations with front counters allowing the public to speak with officers have been shut since 2010 to reduce costs, according to the Daily Mail.
Although there are no official figures showing the number of national closures, the latest estimate from the House of Commons shows around 600 stations in England and Wales were shut between 2010 and 2018.
The Home Office has said there are “a range of reasons” behind the closures, including a rise in the use of online crime reporting instead of members of the public approaching police at a station counter.
Police funding has been boosted by £636 million this year compared with the 2020 budget, totalling £15.8 billion, which is being used to help recruit an extra 20,000 officers, according to the department.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “The Government is giving the police the resources they need to cut crime and keep communities safe.
“Decisions about frontline policing and how officers and resources are best deployed are for chief constables and police and crime commissioners.
“Police stations close for a range of reasons, including increases in online crime reporting and investment in new digital technologies such as tools to enable officers to work flexibly and perform services they would have previously had to return to a police station for.”