POLICE Scotland has confirmed the closure of public counters at four Borders police stations and also changes to the opening hours of others.
The counters at Melrose, Selkirk, Lauder and Coldstream will be closed from Monday, March 3.
The force has said that members of the public will still be able to meet with officers at those stations, but they will be required to call the non-emergency 101 number first.
There had been significant opposition to the changes, with local politicians and community groups arguing against the proposals.
John Lamont MSP said: “There is no doubt in my mind that this is a retrograde step that will do nothing to improve the public’s confidence in the safety of our streets.”
Announcing the changes on Friday, Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: “These changes allow us to ensure more of the right people with the right skills are available at the right time and in the right places to serve communities in a manner that reflects the way people now live their lives.
“The review of public counters has contributed to this with Police Scotland committed to maximising police officers on the street and in communities working to keep people safe and to provide the high standards of service the public expects.”