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Cambridgeshire Police in Peterborough are launching the project, where they will cut down on home visits and encourage victims to contact officers via Skype or visit stations themselves.
Area Commander for Peterborough, Supt Melanie Dales, insisted that the scheme will allow for better response times and give more "flexibility" to victims.
"We understand people have busy lives and this service will provide flexibility, with appointments from 8am to 10pm seven days a week," she said.
"This initiative will bring the police more in line with other services, such as doctors' surgeries, and as with the health service our emergency response will be there when required."
Supt Dales added: "It will allow officers, who use a large proportion of their time travelling across the city to and from appointments, more time to patrol their neighbourhoods.
"Also, by using modern technology such as Skype, we are increasing our efficiency and ensuring we are able to respond to people in a shorter time frame."
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