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Hazlemere police station to close permanently on Fri 24 Aug 2018

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Thames Valley Police have announced that Hazlemere police station is to close permanently on Friday 24th August 2018.

The decision to close the police station in Penn Road, Hazlemere has been made following a review of the buildings and property that are owned by Thames Valley Police.

Following the closure the Hazlemere Neighbourhood Team will be relocated to Princes Risborough police station. Currently the police station is not open to the public and does not have a front counter.

As an underutilised building in need of some maintenance, Thames Valley Police have concluded that the police station does not represent a cost-effective use of public money.

The closure is not expected to affect front line policing in Hazlemere or negate an opportunity for residents to report a crime. The town and surrounding villages will continue to have a visible, dedicated neighbourhood team working towards the priorities of local residents and businesses.

Chief Inspector Graham Hadley, Deputy Commander for the Wycombe area, said: ‘We are by no means withdrawing from our communities and we remain committed to keeping our communities safe and providing the public with an emergency service they look to in their hour of need.

The closure of Hazlemere police station will not change the emergency response as officers will continue to be dispatched from Wycombe.

Our neighbourhood team, while based at Princes Risborough, will continue to patrol and serve Hazlemere and will continue to keep their priorities at the heart of their work.

We are empowering our officers and staff to be more mobile in their work with the use of smart phones and laptops and as more of our services move online, members of the public can access information, crime prevention advice and contact details for the neighbourhood team on our website.

Neighbourhood Inspector Pete Wall said: ‘I understand that residents and local business owners may be concerned about the closure of the police station. I invite anyone with concerns or questions to join me and Sergeant James Benfield at http://tvpwycombe.coverpage.coveritlive.com for an online community forum at 6.30pm on Tuesday 10th July [2018].

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