It has been revealed in a Freedom of Information request that in the past eight years 26 police stations have been shut down in Devon and Cornwall. These figures were obtained from the buildings and estate department of the force and they relate to “freehold properties only and those that were specifically police stations”.
|Name of Station||Year of Closure|
|Plymouth Beacon Park Road||2015|
The closure of a station is not necessarily the end as the Devon and Cornwall Police noted that even though a station is closed, it may be co-located with a fire station, a new police station built or its teams operating from another base.
In 2017, according to Plymouth Live, the Devon and Cornwall Police made £3,330,400 from the sales of police stations. The report was made amidst the crippling cuts to the force’s funding by the government, which was affecting its effectiveness. Given the choice, the force has always stated that it would rather place all of its funds into frontline policing instead of properties.