Police stations could close

Union officials say all options are being considered – including the closing of police stations – in an ongoing review of the service in Scotland, writes Kenny Paterson.

Unison Scotland representatives met with Police Scotland officials last week following the announcement of the review into the use of public desks at stations.

Among the possibilities is a reduction in the opening hours or turning stations into part-time units, which has led to fears facilities in the region could be affected.

A Unison official told us: “Everything is being looked at.

“We expect to hear more from the police at the end of August as the review gathers pace.”

Michael Moore MP met Borders Police Commander Chief Superintendent Jeanette McDiarmid at the end of last month to discuss the possible changes.

He said: “Access to the police is very important for local people so I urged Chief Superintendent McDiarmid to ensure that my constituents’ concerns about cover at our local police stations are listened to.”

Mr Moore added: “Centralisation of police services by the Scottish Government is a real worry for local people and I will remain vigilant to ensure that police cover in the Borders is not reduced.”