Wilton and Alderbury police stations to officially close

Wilton and Alderbury police stations to officially close

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:20pm 13th February 2020.

2 minute read

They haven't been used by officers for a while now, but the buildings are now set to be sold off.

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has been 'reviewing' the police estate and found that the stations are 'no longer meeting operational requirements'.

As well as Alderbury and Wilton stations, Malmesbury and Westbury stations will also be affected by this move.

Alderbury Police Station
Alderbury's police station on Grimstead Road will soon be sold off by the force

WHERE WILL OFFICERS BE BASED? 

Once the closure come into affect from 2nd March, Wiltshire Police will start to use local libraries as 'touchdown points' where the public can see officers in person.

For Alderbury, they'll be using Downton's Library, while in Wilton, the town's facility will mean they can remain in the town.

It's a similar system to the one that's being used in Pewsey, now that their police station has closed.

Wilton Library (Mike Draper) (1)
Wilton's Library will be used as a 'touchdown point' for us to get in contact with officers

Wiltshire PCC Angus Macpherson said: 

"These new touchdown points will mean officers can work out in the community where the public are, instead of tucked away out of sight in unfit for purpose police stations. I've invested heavily in technology, so officers can work from anywhere and don't need to be tethered to a desk to carry out their work. Using shared locations as touchdown points means we're able to save valuable funds whilst still serving the public and still being able to react quickly if required.
 
"Every pound we save on running our estate is a pound protected for front line policing. 
 
"Sharing locations with our partners is not a new concept. We have been doing so successfully at various locations around the county for several years now and I have always been clear that I will not shut a police station until a suitable alternative has been agreed."

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