Lancashire Constabulary is continuing to look at all of its services to ensure that they provide good value for money, work efficiently and meet the needs of the modern Police service as we move forward.
As part of this process a decision was taken some time ago that the premises at Great Harwood were underutilised and no longer fit for purpose. As such, we will not be renewing the five year lease which runs out in November 2017.
This means the station will close on the 10th July.
Following the closure the nearest Front Counter for public enquiries will be at Blackburn Police Station, Greenbank, Blackburn, or Broadway, Accrington.
Chief Inspector for Hyndburn and Blackburn with Darwen, Jon Bullas, said: “I would like to reassure members of the public that the number of officers policing Great Harwood will remain unchanged.
“Whilst the Local Policing team currently based at Great Harwood will now start and finish their tours of duty at Accrington, they will continue to operate in Great Harwood throughout their shift. In addition, we are currently finalising arrangements with partners in Great Harwood that will allow officers to drop in and utilise facilities rather than return to Accrington – this includes Lancashire Fire and Rescue.
“In addition, these officers are all supplied with state of the art devices which allow them to access all the required Constabulary systems without having to return to a Police station. This not only increases how efficiently they operate but also means that they will be more visible within the community.
“Finally, I would also like to stress that there will be no alterations to the current roles of our Response Officers who provide 24 hour coverage within the community of Great Harwood in dealing with emergency calls”