Police stations in Diss and Attleborough are shutting their front counters to the public this year, as part of Norfolk Constabulary’s aim of saving £25 million by 2020.
The closures will occur from April 1, while reduced or changed hours at Public Enquiry Offices (PEOs) across the county will be in place by July, with a view to cutting more than £360,000 from the costs of running them.
The stations that are closing to the public will continue to be used as operational police bases, with a statement indicating plans will be put in place to ensure local communities still have access to their officers.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Nick Dean, who leads Norfolk Constabulary on local policing services, said: “Cuts to the police budget mean we have to make some difficult decisions in order to maintain visibility and maximize front line officer numbers. This is the reality of our situation.
“It is a fact that fewer people now pop into a police station, preferring instead to use telephone or online services.
“The front counters earmarked for closure see some of the lowest footfall in the county. It will not affect our commitment to policing in the affected areas nor the opportunity for the public to meet and speak with local officers on a regular basis.”