Force says no need for new police station in Denny

The former Denny police station in Broad Street was demolished in 2012. The sub-area command was moved to a new station in Larbert

The former Denny police station in Broad Street was demolished in 2012. The sub-area command was moved to a new station in Larbert

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Police Scotland has said there is no need to reopen a station in Denny following a petition for one started by concerned residents.

A public meeting organised by local councillors will take place on December 4 to discuss policing in the local area.

The former base of the Denny sub-area command in Broad Street closed in 2010 and moved to a purpose-built station in Larbert.

A smaller police office was temporarily located in Church Walk - but officers claim it was not well-used.

Inspector John Kellett said: “The police office in Denny closed over four years ago, but the community continues to receive a high standard of service.

“There is no reduction in community officers, and in fact there are seven covering Denny and Banknock, supported by response officers and with full access to Police Scotland’s specialist resources.

“We are using social media to engage with the community through witness appeals and recording successes, and this is proving a popular and effective way of communicating.

“Because we are providing this information directly to people through Facebook and Twitter, there may be the perception that crime is increasing.

“However latest figures show that crime is in fact down 12 per cent since this time last year.

“We are aware of concerns from the public around the robbery at the petrol station last month, but we have a dedicated team carrying out enquiries into this.

“Our community officers keep the community council up to date with police issues, and we will continue to engage with the public through the use of the mobile police office and with an active presence at events such as the upcoming Denny festive extravaganza.”

Councillor John McNally said: “I’m pleased the police have agreed to this meeting. It will give residents the opportunity to have their questions answered.”