Police to downsize and cut costs

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Dozens of Scottish police stations are to be downsized or moved into council buildings to save between £5 and £18 million a year.

This comes after Police Scotland’s 2013 review of offices inherited from the old regional services.

The force has stressed it can still maintain a meaningful presence across the country with buildings that are either smaller or shared with other public-sector bodies, such as the fire and rescue service, NHS and councils.

Susan Mitchell, director of corporate services, said: “Police Scotland needs buildings which are modern, flexible and fit for future policing across the wide range of communities we serve. The existing estate has evolved over the course of the last 100 years and in some cases it no longer fits the demands of 2015 or the needs of communities.”

Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Gill Imery stressed there will be consultation on changes to the use of police buildings in the Borders: “We work with the community, in the community to deliver local policing, and the views of the public and our partners are key to this. We are committed to working with people in the Borders to consider their particular needs, ensuring police officers remain visible, accessible and able to tackle local priorities.”