The front of Hemel Hempstead’s police station has been fenced off for safety reasons after a piece of masonry fell off the building.
A structural survey is due to be carried out of the Combe Street property to assess the damage.
“We would like to reassure residents that the police station remains operational,” said a police spokesman.
“Whilst there is no front counter service at the station, people can still contact the constabulary using the yellow emergency phone to the front of the building. However, until a structural survey has been carried out, disabled access to the phone has been restricted for the public’s safety.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however would remind people that nowadays most enquiries can be carried out over the phone, including the reporting of a crime, via the non-emergency number 101 (999 if a crime is progress), so people can contact police without the need to attend the station and use this phone and/or use the emergency phone.”
The nearest police station with a manned front counter is in Shady Lane, Watford. For details visit www.herts.police.uk.