Bo’ness police station is still open

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POLICE this week reassured the Bo’ness public the Commissioner Street station hasn’t been closed down.

Due to staff absence, the front reception hasn’t been manned since November, and access remains for now via the 24/7 call point linking users direct to the force HQ control room in Stirling.

A Central Scotland Police spokesman said they were satisfied it captured public enquiries, that average one call every three days.

“Highly visible patrols have also been out in the town centre and wider area since before Christmas, this included positioning the mobile police office in the town centre near Tesco’s,” he said.

While still using the Bo’ness office, over the past 18 months response and community officers have switched to starting and finishing shifts in Grangemouth as part of the sub-area’s deployment model.

Officers get detailed briefings at the hub before going out into their respective communities.

Falkirk area commander, Superintendent Robbie McGregor, said there’d been no loss of service to the public, with officers out more frequently on foot patrol and the Bo’ness community team doubled to four officers.

He said crime in Bo’ness, including vandalism and anti-social behaviour, was falling significantly and detection rates were over 50 per cent.

The force’s budget will be set on January 28 and afterwards a range of cost-cutting measures considered, that could potentially involve station closures or relocations to more community-focussed premises.

Supt McGregor said: “No decision to close any police station, and Bo’ness specifically, has been made at the present time by the force.”