A total of six Cardiff police stations are due to close their doors to the public as of today, Monday September 17th.
Cardiff Bay will be the only station open 24/7, while Cardiff Central will open from 8am until midnight Sunday to Thursday and until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays. The front desk at Fairwater police station will remain open until 10pm and Rumney police station until 8pm.
A spokesperson for South Wales Police said that numbers of visitors to some of the stations were low, and that staffing the front desks was cost-ineffective, adding that, “Times are changing and so are communities and the way we police them.” The staff at each of the affected stations have found employment elsewhere within the force.
South Wales Police is one of the busiest forces in England and Wales, and some local councillors have been dismayed by the changes. The force spokesperson said, “Decisions to change the use of any police estate are always made with great care to ensure that policing is never adversely affected.”
The four remaining stations will still have public access and people may still make appointments to meet with a police officer at any of those stations should they so wish. You can also always call 101 to speak to your local police, or 999 in an emergency.