Proposed cuts to Derbyshire Constabulary’s budget will see the closure of Long Eaton Police Station, resulting in it merging with Ilkeston section.
The station will be one of 58 to close in the county over the next three years. Many of which are community stations, including one at Ilkeston Fire Station, Kirk Hallam and Long Eaton Wilsthorpe School.
The plans, which aim to save more than £1 million in D division alone, will see a reduction in the number of safer neighbourhood team officers and police community support officers.
The overall number of police officers is expected to fall. Sixteen will be recruited, with 80 expected to retire or leave the force.
The Long Eaton Station ,based on Midland Street is earmarked for closure in the 2018/19 financial year. In D division, which includes Ilkeston and Long Eaton, six stations will close this year.
The county’s crime commissioner, Alan Charles, unveiled the plans in a report that was due to be presented to the Strategic Governance Board on Tuesday.
He said it was a result of the “debilitating” funding cuts imposed by the Government. A precept increase is also proposed to balance the budget.
He said: “We are working very hard to minimise the risks of our financial difficulties on public safety but this will inevitably result in changes, including fewer police officers and staff, changes to roles and a reduced number of police buildings. Difficult decisions will continue to be made based on threat, risk and demand.
“Increasing the precept this year will enable us to take some of the sting out of the current cuts and strengthen our base budget in the future. Despite these current difficulties the Chief Constable and I remain totally committed to shaping a service that will deliver the best performance possible.”
The majority of the buildings being closed have few officers within them and are not regularly visited by the public.
He said the force has had to prioritise people over buildings to protect services and channel funds into the most critical areas.
Since 2010, the force has shaved £24m off the budget, including a freeze on police officer recruitment levels and a reduction of some 162 police officers and 269 staffing posts.