Rothesay’s police station will remain open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week - despite major cuts to opening hours at stations across Scotland.
Police Scotland confirmed on Friday that changes would be made to the opening hours of police stations throughout the country after a public consultation which provoked widespread alarm in many rural and urban communities.
Rothesay was not one of the stations which had been earmarked for a reduction in hours, and Friday’s announcement confirmed there would be no change to the High Street office’s 24/7 availability - in stark contrast to many larger towns, which will see staffed front counter services cut back.
Opening hours for stations in Argyll, Bute and West Dunbartonshire from that date will be as follows.
Campbeltown, Clydebank, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban and Rothesay - 24 hours, 7 days.
Dumbarton - 8am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-6pm.
Helensburgh - 9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-6pm Mon-Thurs, 12 noon-10pm Fri-Sun.
Alexandria, Bowmore, Garelochhead and Tobermory - no public counter provision.
Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said: “Local policing remains the bedrock of the new service. The benefits of a single service are already being felt right across the country – with national specialist resource now meaning our local community team resource is further strengthened and supported. This means all areas have access to specialist expertise and equipment whenever and wherever required, and can draw flexibly on extra officers and specialist skills when local demand requires it.
“We have listened to all the views put forward and made changes to reflect this but an effective, modern policing service must evolve to reflect the communities we serve. These changes allow us to ensure more of the right people with the right skills are available at the right time and in the right places to serve communities in a manner that reflects the way people now live their lives.
“The review of public counters has contributed to this with Police Scotland committed to maximising police officers on the street and in communities working to keep people safe and to provide the high standards of service the public expects.”
Members of the public will still be able to meet with police officers at stations with no public counter provision but are requested to call 101 first, the Police Scotland non emergency number, to ensure someone is available to meet them.