Beds Police branch condemns plans to close control room

Bedfordshire Police branch has condemned the decision to close the control room at Kempston next March. The closure will mean that all 999 and 101 calls made in Bedfordshire will be handled by staff in either Welwyn Garden City or Huntingdon.

The branch is arguing that people in Bedfordshire will be best served by local staff and officers with a good working knowledge of the county and there are fears that the closure of the Kempston control room will lead to delays in responding to calls.

The branch has also called for there to be a full public consultation before any closures are made.