Somerset County Council, which manages the Library Service, is pleased to announce the opening of a new police enquiry desk within Frome Library.
Due to open on 4 April, 2016, the new facility will deliver many of the services of the former Frome police station front desk, which closed in January 2015 due to low footfall.
Since then, Somerset County Council has been working with Avon and Somerset Police to open the enquiry desk at the library, where the public will be able to speak to a uniformed member of police staff.
Services available at the new enquiry office will include:
- Crime reporting
- General policing enquiries
- Road traffic collision reporting
- Applications for firearms licences
- Crime prevention advice
- Lost and found property
Cllr David Hall, Cabinet Member with a responsibility for Somerset’s libraries said; “As a council we are always looking for innovative ways to improve services we offer to our communities. We know libraries are so integral to their towns and villages with people using them as a hub of the community, so working with a partner like Avon and Somerset police to bring another service into the library is a progressive move forward for all involved.”
“The police will be a welcome addition to the range of services already successfully operating from the library, including Somerset County Council’s Registration Services; Mendip District Council’s Access Point; and Frome Town Council’s Information Centre. This latest development continues to place the library at the heart of the community and we are very pleased to be able to help the police maintain a town centre facility for local residents.”
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am pleased that we will be able to offer a firm police base for Frome in a publicly accessible and well-used community venue. By working closely with our partners at Somerset County Council we are delivering value for money by reducing expensive and under-utilised police buildings while still maintaining a high level of public service to our communities.”
The police desk will be open Monday to Friday 9.30am-1.30pm; 2.15pm – 5.00pm.