Dudley ex-cops have lined up to back Ian Austin’s campaign to keep Dudley Police Station open to the public.
Amongst those giving the campaign their support is Roger Bagley, who rose to the rank of Superintendent in Dudley Police, saying “I’m really pleased that Ian Austin has launched this campaign. A town the size of Dudley must have a police station that’s open to the public”.
Other officers who have left the service have also condemned the closure, saying that “it is very important to have an office open to the public where they can speak to an officer face to face especially in such a large town” with another adding that “things have never been this bad”.
Under plans announced last week Dudley Police Station is one of twenty seven stations across the West Midlands that will be closed to the public, leaving Dudley as the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.
Dudley MP Ian Austin has spoken out against the closure and launched a petition which has been signed by more than a thousand local people. Anyone wishing to add their name to the petition can do so here.
Roger Bagley, who used to work as a Police Superintendent in Dudley, said:
“A town the size of Dudley must have a police station that’s open to the public.
“It’s part of having a strong, visible police presence in the town to deter crime and give the public confidence in the police.
“That’s why Ian’s campaign is so important.”
Ian Austin said:
“It is completely unacceptable that Dudley could become the largest town in the country without a police station open to the public.
“People with frontline experience of policing in Dudley are backing my campaign because these cuts will mean fewer police on the streets, fewer offenders brought before court and fewer criminals put in jail.
“It’s clear that local people share their outrage with over a thousand signing our petition in just a matter of days. Anyone who wants to sign the petition can do so by visiting my website, by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling my office on 01384 342 504 and we’ll send out a form.”