The PSNI has today named Aughnacloy police station among 12 it intends to dispose of as part of a money saving exercise “in light of continuing budget reductions”.
Police have been cutting public services at a number of stations over the last five years.
But following the force’s biggest shake-up to date, they have announced that they intend to ‘dispose of’ 12 of the organisation’s 59 police stations.
They include Aughnacloy, Maghera, Willowfield and York Road in Belfast, Ballyclare, Ballynahinch, Castlederg, Cushendall, Moira, Portaferry, Tandragee and Warrenpoint. But on the same note, it was also announced that Cookstown, Armagh and Ballymena are to get new police stations in the PSNI’s progression towards a ‘fit for purpose’ estate.
A review of that estate was carried out last year as a result of the restructure within policing.
They said it showed that the 12 stations earmarked for closure are no longer needed to carry out daily business.
Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: “We are aware the permanent closure of stations is an emotive issue and can have an effect on community confidence.
“I’d like to reassure the public that these 12 stations are no longer being used by police operationally and formally disposing of them will save money, such as bills incurred from utility services.
“Times have changed, and due to advancements in modern technology as well as continuing budgetary restraints, the Police Service continues to look at new ways of providing the most effective service to the public in the most cost efficient way.
ACC Martin added: “The reality is that nearly all policing services are delivered outside of stations. Policing isn’t about buildings.”