A proposal to close local police buildings – 28 in total across the force – is to be presented to the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner next week, in a bid to save the force £8.5 million.
West Midlands Police force have been tasked with making savings of £130 million by 2020.
The proposal would see Longbridge – home to Longbridge and Northfield neighbourhood teams, Hillwood (Bartley Green) – base for Weoley and Bartley teams, and Kings Norton stations closed and sold.
Officers based at these stations would operate from other buildings on the South Birmingham area, meaning they would have to travel further to the communities they serve.
West Midlands Police said: “The force will present the proposals to the Police and Crime Commissioner at his Strategic Police and Crime board on Tuesday 6 October. If the proposals are given approval, a range of engagement activity will take place to ensure we share the proposals with key groups in our communities before a decision is made. ”
ACC Michele Larmour, force lead for local policing, said: “Many of these sites have been part of the police estate for a number of years and as such, we understand local communities may feel a connection to specific buildings. However many of our buildings have high running costs, are poorly located and are not fit for future operational purposes.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “As the cuts continue to bite we are faced with some really tough decisions. The Government has consistently continued to disproportionately cut funding in the West Midlands and the challenge is how we maintain the service that the public comes into contact with.
“I will wait to hear the full report from West Midlands Police on this in early October but my view is that we must do all we can to support officer numbers. If that can be achieved by reducing the police estate further then that should be given serious consideration.” he added.