02/12/2015

New Police Station Opens In Co Down

A new police station in Downpatrick, Co Down, has officially opened.

The new station was developed to replace the Irish Street PSNI Station.

The new Downpatrick PSNI Station is located on the northwest corner of the old Downshire Hospital on the Ardglass Road.

The new station's enquiry office will be open to members of the public from 8am until 8pm every weekday and 2pm to 8pm at weekends. Officers from the Local Policing Team will use it as their operational base while on patrol in Downpatrick, Newcastle and surrounding areas within Newry Mourne and Down Policing District. It will be closed to the public at lunch times from 1pm to 2pm and will be closed on Public Holidays.
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District Commander Simon Walls said: "In a time of budget cuts and austerity this is some good news for the community of Down and also the PSNI officers that help keep them safe. The previous station at Irish Street served the PSNI and the RUCGC admirably for many years through some very troubled times.

"Due to its age and design it required continual expensive maintenance work so it could remain as an operational base for officers. However the cramped facilities there fall short of what is needed for policing in the 21st century.

"We have always said that policing is not about buildings and this remains the case, however it is important that officers and staff work in an environment that allows them to carry out their various duties effectively.

"The new station is a vital addition to policing in Newry Mourne and Down Policing District. It has modern facilities and offices and better parking for staff. Access for members of the public is excellent.

"While it has been designed with ease of use for officers, staff and members of the public, security measures are in place to counter any terrorist threat. The safety of all officers and staff and members of the public while they are in this building is of paramount importance to the PSNI."

(CD/JP)

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