THE Dalgety Bay Police Station public counter could be closed permanently as the force evaluates its resources.

A public consultation has been launched to gauge the views of the public as they plan to close down the public counter at the Regents Way station for good while reducing the operating hours of the counter in Dunfermline.

It comes after a number of reviews on the usage of these counters with results suggesting that the there is a lack of demand that would justify the current opening times.

Chief Inspector Yvonne Stenhouse, from Fife Division, said: “We have conducted a number of reviews of the front counter usage within Fife and we believe our current model is not fit for purpose.

"Our resources must be utilised to appropriately meet the needs of our communities and have a positive impact on the delivery of policing.

“A public consultation has been launched to gauge opinion on amending the opening hours of Fife’s existing public counters. The key purpose of the survey is to give us some feedback on how the public currently use our public counters."

With the new proposed hours, the Dunfermline public counter would change from operating 24-hours-a-day, seven days-a-week to 8am to midnight, seven days-a-week.

It is important to note that officers will still be in the station at all times, these proposed changes will only affect the public counter.

She continued: “We’ve spoken directly to all of our staff who may be affected by the proposed amendments and will continue to liaise with them throughout this process.

“No decisions have been finalised at this stage and the views of the public are essential in helping inform our decision-making so I would urge communities within the Kingdom to take the survey."

To have your say, visit https://consult.scotland.police.uk/fife/public-counter-opening-hours-fife-division.