People must have their say on future of policing

Paula Bradley MLA and Nigel Dodds MP with PSNI Inspector Martin Ruddy following their meeting to discuss the future of policing in Glengormley. INNT 08-509CON

Paula Bradley MLA and Nigel Dodds MP with PSNI Inspector Martin Ruddy following their meeting to discuss the future of policing in Glengormley. INNT 08-509CON

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Have your say

North Belfast DUP representatives Nigel Dodds MP and Paula Bradley MLA have urged local people to have their say on the proposed closure of Glengormley Police Station.

The Antrim Road facility, which is only open to the public for a few hours each week, is earmarked for closure as part of a province-wide review of the PSNI estate.

The Police Service is proposing to close more than 30 stations across Northern Ireland over the next couple of years in a bid to make significant cost savings.

The DUP politicians met this week with Inspector Martin Ruddy, who is leading consultation on the proposed closure of Glengormley Police Station.

Speaking following the meeting, Mr Dodds said: “We would have reservations about any proposals which could reduce the effectiveness of police locally and we will continue to meet police and others to ensure this does not happen.

“The proposal for closure of this station arises out of the need for the police to make efficiency savings. The Chief Constable must ensure that in taking these issues forward he will not be driven solely by finances.”

Ms Bradley, who hosted the meeting at her Portland Avenue office, added: “For many people the proposed closure of Glengormley Police Station would seem like a great loss to the area. The PSNI will have to demonstrate how it would maintain close relationships with the community in that eventuality.

“We would encourage local residents to take the opportunity to contact Inspector Ruddy to make their views known during the current consultation period.”

The six-week consultation period runs until March 12. Inspector Ruddy can be contacted via email at martin.ruddy@psni.pnn.police.uk, by post at Glengormley PSNI Station, 244 Antrim Road, Glengormley, Newtownabbey BT36 7QX or by calling 028 9025 9332 (9am - 4pm).

Meanwhile, as part of the consultation process, a public meeting will be held at Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Mossley Mill headquarters on Monday, March 5 at 7pm. Everyone welcome.

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