Strathclyde Police say the proposals are part of a review of front counter usage and aimed at ensuring staff are deployed in the right place at the right time in the fight against crime.
A spokesperson added: With advances in technology we have found that members of the public contact Strathclyde Police in a variety of ways. This has resulted in low numbers of people actually attending at police offices to report crime or to speak to our staff.
Over the last five years, Strathclyde Police has prioritised community policing meaning more officers than ever are patrolling our communities. We have also developed a number of flexible and accessible ways of getting in touch with the police, including on-line reporting of crime, community policing pages on our internet site, increased use of social media and contact details in places where we know the public will be, such as partner agencies buildings.
Police insist all offices will remain as operational bases for officers with no negative impact on the current number of police officers working in the area.
The spokesman added: Any reduction in public counter opening hours means that additional police officer time can be directed towards front line duties. The Force will not make any final decisions until the findings of the review are presented to Strathclyde Police Authority for consideration.
Rutherglen MP Tom Greatrex encouraged residents to make their views on the plan known to the police.
He said many people wishing to report crime preferred face-face contact with police and added: Policing only works if theres proper engagement in local communities.
I would need to see the finer details of the proposal but my immediate reaction is one of concern. People have to make their own representations to the police board so they know the strength of feeling here.
MSP James Kelly was also concerned by the proposals, adding: Visible police stations play an important role in providing reassurance and security for the public.
This will no doubt cause some anxiety for local people and there will be a concern as to the impact this will have to the service of the local community. I will be studying the proposals in more detail and raising the issue with local police.
Rutherglen Community Council chair Tommy Rooney said: Id rather see the station manned 24 hours. I could understand this proposal in a rural area where things are very quiet. You could get away with part time hours in a police station but not in a Royal Burgh like this.
Deputy Chief Constable Campbell Corrigan defended the proposal, pointing out that public counter opening hours varied across the force area.
It makes no sense to staff front counters if the public are not using them, he added. It means well be able to free up staff and officers to address what the public really want and expect of us in their communities.
This review will establish corporate opening hours and ensure our resources continue to be accessible to the public.
Convenor of Strathclyde Police Authority Councillor Philip Braat added: The Police Authority supports efforts to ensure our police staff and officers are being used to their full capacity.
However, it is imperative that any changes are made in full consultation with communities. That is why I am asking the police to engage with all elected members, the local media and community councils as a matter of urgency.
The Police Authority wants to encourage all residents to get in touch with their views so that an informed decision can be made that safeguards the best possible policing service for our communities.
Strathclyde Police is offering the public an opportunity to comment or to provide alternative ideas on how they would like to access our services. This can be found on the Strathclyde Police website, www.strathclyde.police.uk