Wiltshire Police CLOSE enquiry offices for social distancing

Wiltshire Police CLOSE enquiry offices for social distancing

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 11:05am 26th March 2020. (Updated at 11:11am 26th March 2020)

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Desks including the one at Salisbury's Bourne Hill will not be operating for the foreseeable future, due to Covid-19.

The force say it's a 'temporary move' to 'protect the public, officers and staff' from the spread of coronavirus.

We're being reassured that we'll still be able to contact Wiltshire Police via the 999 and 101 numbers, via their website or by using the yellow phone outside enquiry offices.

The police desk at Bourne Hill in Salisbury is within a shared facility with Wiltshire Council - but the Council side remains open at this time, as a contact point for vulnerable people.

Wiltshire Police Enquiry Office Closure Sign March 2020

'Touchdown points' for officers in Wilton, Alderbury/Downton and Pewsey, are already closed, due to them being based in libraries and leisure centres which have been shut by Wiltshire Council.

There are yellow phones outside Amesbury and Tidworth police stations to contact officers.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Swindon and Wiltshire Angus Macpherson said: 

"The Government advice is clear - all non-essential social interactions need to stop, and one way that we as a police force can help with that, is by introducing these temporary closures.

"Footfall at our enquiry offices has fallen dramatically in recent days, and there are a number of other, more appropriate ways that people can contact the police at this time.

"Calling us or visiting the Wiltshire Police website is safer for everyone. Not only will it keep the public safe, but it will allow us to redeploy those staff who usually work on a front counter, to a more critical role."

Salisbury Police on patrol Covid-19 March 2020
Salisbury's police officers are still out patrolling, obeying social distancing rules

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: 

"I want to reassure people that this is a temporary measure and I hope people will see that we have made this decision for very practical and safety-conscious reasons.

"This will not impact our visibility in your communities. Our police stations are still running as normal, and you will continue to see our Community Policing Teams out and about on patrol and responding to 999 and 101 calls.

"I want to thank you all for you continued support for Wiltshire Police. These are unprecedented times, and I know there will be challenges and uncertainty ahead, but we are committed to providing the very best service to the communities of Swindon and Wiltshire."

Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable has already been updating Spire FM on how things have been for the force during the coronavirus outbreak - saying demand for policing is changing.

If you've got a pre-arranged and essential appointment with police for the time being, you can still attend.

We're asked to use the yellow phone outside the enquiry office to let staff know you've arrived.

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