Police offer front of counter services at Wellesbourne Library

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Wellesbourne Library has joined others across the area in offering front of counter police services as the force looks to improve access to its services across the county.

Wellesbourne, Alcester, Shipston, Warwick and a number of other libraries across the county are now offering police services as the force works in partnership with Warwickshire County Council.

Front of counter services at Stratford Police Station will not be affected and will continue as normal.

T/Chief Supt Alex Franklin-Smith, Head of Local Policing for Warwickshire said “By working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council we hope to give local people better access to police services through an extended front counter provision.”

“This is over and above the service we currently provide, this is good news for people in Warwickshire.”

Cllr Kam Kaur, portfolio holder for customers at Warwickshire County Council, said: “Our partnership with Warwickshire Police has already worked extremely well in six of our library sites. I’m delighted that the number of libraries offering front counter services is set to double, so that people can access even more services from under one roof and in the heart of their communities.”

Police services offered by Warwickshire County Council include crime and incident reporting, putting you in touch with local officers, providing access to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, and reporting anti-social behaviour.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe said: “This is excellent news and a good demonstration of how the police can work with partners to deliver improved services.  Increasing the visibility and accessibility of the police in our local communities is a key commitment of my Police and Crime Plan, so I am delighted to be able to make this significant progress so quickly.”

County council libraries also provide people with access to local information and advice on anything from applying for a disabled parking blue badge or free school meals.

For a list of Warwickshire Libraries opening times and police and council services visit the Warwickshire County Council website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/one-stop-shops.

Information is also available on www.warwickshire.police.uk