Cumbria

Cost-cutting review for Cumbria Police buildings

Cumbria Police is holding a review of all the buildings it currently uses, in a bid to cut costs.

As a result of government cuts, the force needs to save £20.3m by 2016.

It aims to ensure every police station and office building is fit for purpose, provides value for money and meets the requirements of local communities.

Depending on the findings, premises might be upgraded or others shared with partner agencies, and any found to be under used could be closed.

The review will consider the size and age of each building, the cost of running and maintaining them, and how they are utilised by the community.

'Oversized and outdated'

The chair of Cumbria Police Authority, Ray Cole, said that people were able to contact officers by telephone or email, rather than by attending a police station.

Officers could also conduct paperwork and access police systems on the move.

He said: "Officers spend the majority of their time in the community, leaving many of our buildings under-utilised, oversized and outdated.

"Consequently, it doesn't make financial sense to keep investing in them, when the funds could be used to maintain our service to the community."

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