Calls for public to ‘Love Your Police’ in city campaign

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POLICE will host a day of action to strengthen community links as front desks at two Portsmouth stations prepare to shut.

Officers are urging residents to ‘Love Your Police’ by handing out flyers on ways people can contact the force.

It comes as Hampshire Constabulary prepares to shut front desks at Cosham and Fratton stations to save cash.

The front desk at Portsmouth Central station in Winston Churchill Avenue will stay open, but instead of being manned round-the-clock it will open from 8am to 10pm daily.

Southsea station is to shut completely as the force battles to save up to £53m by 2015.

But as the closures loom, officers from Portsmouth City Centre Unit have come up with the day of action to talk to residents about other ways they can contact police and report crime.

Safer Neighbourhoods Teams across the city will hand out flyers with contact details on and talk to the public about the changes on Monday.

Superintendent Norman Mellors said: ‘An in depth review of how our communities use our station enquiry offices included analysis of visitors to our enquiry offices and demand for services at different times of day. The review concluded that the majority of residents prefer self-service options such as email and telephone as well as interacting with officers in the community.

‘We are not a ‘faceless’ organisation, we will conduct regular beat surgeries within the community and an enquiry office does remain open seven days a week with an option to contact us 24/7 by dialling 101. You can also keep updated with our work through Facebook and Twitter.’

Front desks at Cosham and Fratton will shut on February 19 and March 16 respectively. The public will still be able to get help via intercoms at the stations.