HC Deb 14 June 1979 vol 968 c261W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proposals he has for increasing the number of local police stations and for the establishment of local police call points in shopping and residential areas.

Mr. Brittan

I know that the police are anxious to be readily available to meet the policing needs of the community. The deployment of his manpower is the responsibility of the chief officer of police of each area. It is, therefore, for him to decide whether his officers can serve the community better by being deployed in police stations or, as will often be the case, on patrol duties. Police "offices", not calling for the full resources of a police station, may also provide a valuable and economic point of contact with the community.

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