Police stations and opening hours under the spotlight

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A POLICE Scotland review of stations across Scotland could put Giffnock police office at risk.

The station, which is open 24 hours, is being examined as part of a nationwide plan to address budget constraints and ensure efficiency in policing across Scotland.

East Renfrewshire MP Jim Murphy and MSP Ken Macintosh have written to the Police Scotland chief constable, Stephen House, to urge any review to maintain a police office in Giffnock.

Eastwood MSP Ken Macintosh told The Extra:”Police Scotland undoubtedly has a challenging budget but the answer cannot be to threaten the local policing we all rely on in times of need.

“Any review must surely conclude that a presence in East Renfrewshire is essential and any cuts to services will be challenged by me and by the thousands of local residents the office serves.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We are currently reviewing our policing operations across the service in order to deliver efficiencies.

“This will ensure we have the right structures in place to deliver local priorities. Any significant changes will be subject to local engagement.”

A spokesperson also attributed the review to a change in policing, whereby an increase in access to services by telephone and internet has resulted in a decrease in visitors to police offices.

Area commander Campbell Crawford declined to comment on the subject.