Our Burslem

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    Petitioning Matthew Ellis

    Stop the Closure of Burslem Police Station's Front Desk

    The people of Burslem are rightly shocked to learn that Staffordshire Police intend to close the public desk at their local police station. Really good policing in our community relies on an effective partnership between the community, local businesses, and the police. An effective partnership cannot be secured without the full participation of all parties.  We believe insufficient thought has been given to the fundamental functions of local police offices.  The crux of Community Policing is to bring police and citizens together to prevent crime, solve neighbourhood problems and enhance the quality of life in the community.  How can this be achieved when you are asking the community to make a call or go online to report a crime rather than speak to a police officer in person?  Historically, police station's front desks were seen as a place of sanctuary that have always been open to the public.  We know that Burslem has already suffered reduced opening hours of the front desk and there is a telephone outside which connects to Police in Stafford when the front desk is not staffed, even though it's clear that the station is occupied.  The fact that Burslem folk cannot get to speak with a police officer in the station in their own town is simply ridiculous. Our local police need to be available one to one, face to face, to engage successfully with the residents. Burslem's residents know that their historic town faces a number of daily challenges, including a menacing drug culture, a consistent level of criminal activity, and anti-social behaviour. There are a number of groups in Burslem which work together tirelessly to help maintain the vitality of the town, and the safety of the local community, which is why we expect our police to be available to work with us and feel that it is imperative that they are. The Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has not consulted with local community groups such as Our Burslem, he hasn't even bothered to discuss the issues facing Burslem. If the police really want to serve the community, it is not acceptable that Commissioner Matthew Ellis will not engage with local people. Closing the public desk will impact on every person living or working in Burslem. At a time of rising crime nationally, we cannot understand how closing the public desk can possibly be of benefit to anyone. Our Burslem and the residents of the town demand that the desk remains open to the public, and that the PCC engages in meaningful dialogue with the townspeople.  Burslem wants its Police to be visible and accessible. Keep the front desk open. June Cartwright Our Burslem  

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