Fylde MP Mark Menzies was photographed at the newly reopened Kirkham Police Station during his recent visit to officially re-open the front desk. MP Menzies took the opportunity to publicly praise the investment to protect communities.
Cutting the blue-ribbon MP Menzies said, ‘With an increase in the number of officers for Fylde, a front counter for the public to use, and a base for operations in Lytham and St Anne’s, it is good to see this investment in protecting our communities.’
However, there has been some criticism, for example Nick Moore replied, ‘It should NEVER have been closed.’ Kirkham front counter closed in 2018, alongside a number of other front counters across the county as part of a series of cost saving measures.
At the opening Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden (also photographed) said: ‘It’s been great to hear the positive reaction since Kirkham Police Station front counter reopened to the public after being closed for several years. Together with the changes to neighbourhood policing this will make a real difference for Fylde residents. I know that people really value being able to talk to officers face to face and it helps local residents feel confident that the police will be there when they need them.
‘We are continuing to take a fair and balanced approach that ensures each borough has access to a police front desk, whilst balancing resources against the priority of getting officers onto our streets and getting tough on crime. This is what the public want to see and what we’re going to deliver.
“I have pledged to lead the fight against crime here in Lancashire and this is another exciting step in delivering on this promise.’