New police front counter opens at Chipping Norton

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New police front counter opens at Chipping Norton

From 20 January 2014 West Oxfordshire District Council's Guildhall Reception in Chipping Norton will double up as a one-stop shop for police and council services.

The Police's new base at the Guildhall will not only save money for the force, but also offer a more convenient town centre location, with extended opening hours.

Cllr Mark Booty, Cabinet Member at West Oxfordshire District Council responsible for Community Safety said, "We were very keen to help the police maintain valuable front counter service in Chipping Norton and are pleased to provide this service for them from the Guildhall. For residents, the Guildhall has the added benefit of being a town centre location. It also has longer opening hours and is easily accessible with everything on the ground floor.”

The move builds on the strong working relationship that already exists between Thames Valley Police and the District Council in areas such as community safety, licensing, enforcement, housing and emergency planning.

Thames Valley Police is keen to reassure residents that the availability and visibility of police officers to attend incidents in their areas will be not be affected by these changes.

Supt Colin Paine, Commander for West Oxfordshire and Cherwell said, “The opening of this new front counter will give the residents of Chipping Norton access to police counter services for an extra 15 hours per week and allow them to visit more easily as it is in a town centre location. Visitors can also access council services at the same time, all at no extra cost to tax payers.

“I am pleased that the service to the public has been improved thanks to our close working relationship with West Oxfordshire District Council.”

Council services will continue to operate as normal from the Guildhall. The additional police counter services provided by West Oxfordshire District Council will include producing driving documents, reporting lost and found property as well as general advice when needed.

At present, the Police Station front counter is open from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday. The opening hours with the Council providing the service are:

Mon to Friday: 8.45am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm (4pm on Friday)

Posted : 15/01/2014 15:12:31

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