West Mercia: Police and Council Open Public Service Hub In Pershore
September 21, 2012, 1:22 pm
West Mercia Police can confirm that its public service counter at Pershore Police Station will soon move the short distance to the Wychavon District Council Civic Centre in Queen Elizabeth Drive.
On Monday 1 October, all services currently provided by the counter will be dealt with by the team at the Civic Centre, such as reporting crime, producing legal documentation or reporting lost and found property.
The new Community Contact Centre ‘one stop shop’ in Pershore, which will be open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, mirrors the successful model of the shared services hub in Evesham, which has been in operation for a number of years.
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Chief Superintendent Trevor Albutt, who leads public services, said: “West Mercia Police is constantly looking for opportunities to create shared services hubs with our partner agencies; such moves represent good value for money at a time when all public services budgets are reducing.
“We already have a longstanding working relationship with Wychavon District Council at Evesham and I am sure the joint public services hub will work just a well in Pershore.
“It is better for the public too, with the counter moving literally next door, because the hub means we can maintain longer opening hours for the public to access police services.”
Ian Marshall, Head of Legal and Support Services at Wychavon, said “We’re pleased to welcome the police public service counter to the range of other services we have on offer at the Pershore Community Contact Centre.
“It makes sense to have public services together to make it easier for customers and this already works well in Evesham.”