The proposal to close police stations in Kettering, Wellingborough, Rushden and in time possibly Corby. A few years ago you wouldn’t have thought it possible that it was even being considered.
But it is being considered.
When you live in a fair-sized town I think you tend to take it for granted that that town will have a police station.
Most of the time we hope we won’t have to set foot in it, but on those occasions when we need to we are reassured to have it there.
Recommendations to the Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds that these closures are a practical and cost-effective solution to modern-day policing issues are one thing, but these moves, if they go ahead, will certainly have an impact on how people perceive policing in their area.
People want to feel safe and protected and if policing for the area feels remote, well what then?
So whatever the future holds for the police stations in our towns, the force must ensure that there is easy access to the police for everyone (not just people with cars) and that policing is truly an integral, visible and accessible part of our community.
Yvonne Martin, deputy editor