Ripley police enquiry office to close on July 31

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Ripley residents are being reminded that the enquiry office at the town’s Wyatt’s Way police station will close this week.

The move was announced in January, as part of plans by Derbyshire Constabulary to reduce front counter services from 16 locations to four because of changing finances and customer demand.

A number of police enquiry offices including Glossop, Matlock, Clay Cross, Bolsover, Long Eaton, Bakewell closed last month and the Ripley enquiry office will close on Friday, July 31.

Ilkeston’s enquiry office will close on September 18, however, counters at Buxton and Chesterfield will remain open.

The closures are part of the force’s plans to make savings of up to £26m during the next five years.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Knighton said: “Enquiry offices are not visited as frequently as they once were and the majority of people now prefer to contact us by phone, email or via our website.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly but the savings that we will make through the closures will help the force to maintain other areas of policing that protect the public from harm.”

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles said: “The funding cuts imposed by the government mean that these closures are borne of necessity, not choice. We are doing everything we can to minimise the impact on service delivery but with more cuts likely over the coming years it is clear that some further difficult decisions will have to be made.”