29/09/2005

PSNI review policing in Newtownabbey

Police in Newtownabbey have confirmed they are to carry out a review of policing in the area in light of recent internal operating checks.

As part of the review, Glengormley Station will adopt a set of limited opening hours while Newtownabbey and Ballyclare Police Stations will remain open on a 24/7 basis.

The proposed changes to Glengormley reflect the fact that most people now communicate with the police by telephone, a spokesperson said.

Superintendent Nigel Ritchie said: “I have an obligation to use all of the resources available to me - officers, staff, equipment and buildings - in the most effective and efficient way. I want to provide the people of Newtownabbey with the best possible policing service and make the area a safer place to live, visit, work in and travel to.

“I don’t want to see police officers tied to stations. I want to see them actively involved in front line policing and I believe that is what the community wants to see. I want to take on board the views of everyone as we move to further improve the policing service to the people of Newtownabbey. I am taking this opportunity to ask communities help inform our decision making process.”

Included in the review is the centralisation of response sections to enable improved management, tasking and focusing of police response.

(MB/SP)

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