Hedge End police station front office will be closed to members of the public from this Friday March 16 as Hampshire Constabulary “implements new ways for residents to interact with the force in the future”.
In future say, Hampshire Constabulary, “residents can phone 101 from the convenience of their own home” – at a cost of 15p per call.
The 101 number can be used for all non-emergency police matters such as reporting a crime, obtaining advice and information, or finding out about beat surgeries or other police events in their area and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Residents will also be able to use the number to arrange a visit by an officer at a mutually convenient time and place.
For those matters that cannot be dealt with over the phone, such as producing documents or lost property, alternative front offices are located at Southampton Central, Bitterne, Eastleigh, and Totton police stations.
From April 2, opening hours will be as follows:
Southampton Central Mon to Sun 8am – 10pm
Southampton Bitterne Tues to Sat 9.30am – 6pm
(closed 2pm – 2.45pm each day)
Eastleigh Monday to Saturday 8am – 8pm and Sun10am – 6pm
Local Safer Neighbourhoods teams will remain based at the heart of the communities they serve and will continue to be available at beat surgeries and community meetings. Eastleigh residents can get in touch with them easily by following them on Twitter:
To find out how to contact their local Safer Neighbourhoods team via email, or the time and place of the next beat surgery or community meeting, residents can either phone 101 or type in their post code on www.hampshire.police.uk or www.police.uk.