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A police force is planning to set up community bases in scout huts, care homes and even golf clubs.
Cheshire Constabulary has previously come under fire for replacing some traditional police station counters with computer touch screens so people can ‘web chat’ with staff.
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Now the force has decided to ‘re-establish community policing’ with 122 new bases.
Although most of the new sites will be no bigger than a single room, a report by Acting Chief Constable Janette McCormick stresses they will have a ‘facility for confidential discussions with victims, witnesses or other members of the public’.
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The bases will be open part-time, for at least an hour a week, and police community support officers (PCSOs) will use them to hold regular surgeries.
Members of the public will be able to drop in and discuss any concerns.
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The force hopes to come to arrangements with its prospective hosts so it can avoid paying rent and keep set-up costs to a minimum.
Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: ‘Every Cheshire community will soon have its own police base, providing an accessible contact point for local residents to meet their local PCSO.
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Mr Keane said the new bases will avoid PCSOs ‘travelling miles each day’ from main police stations to the communities they are based in and ‘wasting valuable time’.
The force said it plans to have the new stations up and running by the end of the year.
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Among the hosts will be the Catalyst Museum in Widnes, Warrington Town Football Club, several scout groups and Marton Meadows Golf Club in Congleton.
PCSOs will begin and end their daily shifts in the new bases, which will be created in each local council ward...
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