Marvellous Plan!

People will soon be able to telephone or email local police officers, Gordon Brown has said.

Bath police station:

Address

Manvers Street,
Bath BA1 1JN

Telephone

0845 4567000

My, that was fast, wasn\’t it? Got to hand it to the monocular Scot, when he decides to do something he gets right down to it.

Under a £325 million-a-year Home Office plan,

Not quite sure why it costs that much though.

9 comments on “Marvellous Plan!

  1. Hey, it’s Guvvermint. Bloody lucky to get anything in place for less than half a billion. Or should that be “less than half an Old Bill”? Let’s see what kind of a mess they can make of a simple email protocol and application.

    And how spookily appropriate that the Conservative’s Home Affairs spokesman should be called “Brokenshire”. I think that sums it up nicely.

  2. Is it suggested anywhere that the telephone will be manned, or that e-mails will be read by more than an auto-responder?

  3. Phoning local police officers (or local stations) sounds a big improvement to the situation now where I live. And not trusting 0845 numbers, I checked on some of the others in Avon and Somerset – looks like a call centre to me:

    Avonmouth police station
    0845 4567000

    Portishead police station
    0845 4567000

    Minehead police station
    0845 4567000

    Chipping Sodbury police station
    0845 4567000

  4. I think the plan is to be able to contact individual officers. You know, [email protected].

    My local force already has email addresses, and they also all have mobile phones. Quite why this is going to cost £325m PER YEAR is beyond me.

  5. “Quite why this is going to cost £325m PER YEAR is beyond me.”

    Presumably there’s going to be a national OfPolCall with regional and local OfPolCalls to follow – all with diversity and outreach officers . . . . . . etc etc.

  6. IT is indeed a call centre and the number is no different from the one that we’ve had in Bath for some years; the “out of hours” service for non-emergencies is terrible (as, perhaps, it should be)

  7. I quite like the idea of having a local bobbie and being able to call them. However, I agree that the cost seems absurd. Does it represent some deluxe mobile phone contract for every officer in the land.

  8. “Does it represent some deluxe mobile phone contract for every officer in the land.”

    Since they already have a bionic radio system being rolled out which can do SMS and voicecalls, no, I don’t see that as the excuse. And you can’t tell me that email costs that much. You could probably run an entire force’s email off one Mac Leopard Server without an administrator.

    Where do I bid for the £325m/year contract? I’ll do it for half that.

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