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Police Station and Counter Closures - 1456/22

Date Responded 26 October 2022

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. The total number of police stations located within the boundaries of the force for each of the years 2008-2021
  2. The total number of police stations closed
  3. and counters closed 2008-2021

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Estates and Operational Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.


I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1-2.  Please see the attached document.  For accuracy this advises on actual closures and those instances where stations were relocated.

3.  2008 the force had 27 front counters open to the public.

In 2017 this reduced to 24.

As a direct result of COVID-19 between March 2020 – September 2021 the number of front counters was temporarily reduced from 24 to 10.

From September 2021 the number of front counters was permanently reduced to 9.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete.  However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes.  The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.  As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

Police Station and Counter Closures - 1456/22

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