Changes to police office opening hours on the way

The front desk at Milngavie police office will remain open – despite plans recently announced by Police Scotland to close more than 70 stations across Scotland.

The move comes as the police service attempts to find around £60 million of cuts to its annual budget of £1.06 billion.

Many front desks have significantly reduced their opening hours and members of the public will now have to speak to call centre staff, rather than walking in to their police station, to report crimes.

Police Scotland claims the move will result in more officers on the beat and insists its service to the public will not suffer. It said the number of people calling at front desks had fallen in recent years.

Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson, of Police Scotland, who led a review of police services and procedures, said: “Local policing remains the bedrock of the new service.

“The benefits of a single service are already being felt across the country with national specialist resource now meaning our local community team resource is further strengthened and supported.

“All areas have access to specialist expertise and equipment whenever it is required and can draw flexibly on extra officers and specialist skills when local demand requires it.

“We have listened to all the views put forward and made changes to reflect this but an effective policing service must evolve to reflect the communities we serve.”

From Monday, March 3 Milngavie police office will be open from 8am to 6pm seven days a week – closed 12.30pm to 1.30pm each day. Balfron police office will be open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday – also closed 12.30pm to 1.30pm.