Leicester

Police could work from schools in Leicestershire

Leicestershire police officers may work out of schools or shops to help the force save money.

The force, which needs to save £15m by March 2011, has carried out a review of its police stations.

A police spokeswoman said the majority of the buildings remained suitable but some were less than adequate, expensive to run or not in the best location.

She said residents would be consulted on any possible closures of community police stations.

Ch Supt Chris Garnham said: "We know people want a visible police presence in their neighbourhoods and access to the latest technology means our neighbourhood officers can work from schools, shops and other places where people already spend their time.

"The savings agenda does provide a reason for considering better use of buildings, but more importantly it extends opportunities to change the way we work and support people for the better."

Officers have already been encouraged to travel around their beats on public transport or cycles as part of the savings drive.

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