THE PSNI’s District Commander for the Newtownabbey area, Chief Superintendent Henry Irvine, has confirmed that he intends to move ahead with controversial plans to shut Glengormley Police Station.
A recent review of the police estate across Northern Ireland led to proposals to close more than 30 stations in a bid to save millions of pounds. And at a meeting of Newtownabbey District Policing Partnership on Wednesday evening (March 21), Chief Superintendent Irvine confirmed that he will be recommending to the Northern Ireland Policing Board that Glengormley Station should be closed.
Despite public pleas for the Antrim Road barracks to be kept open, Chief Superintendent Irvine stressed that he had taken the decision “following a period of review and consultation with the community and its representatives.”
“As part of the review I have had to look very closely at all of the stations in my District, to ensure we are using all of our resources, including buildings, in the most effective and efficient way to ensure we provide the best possible personal, professional and protective policing service to the people of the Newtownabbey area,” he explained.
“As a result of this review, during which a range of views were canvassed, it was concluded that Glengormley Police Station is underutilised by the public and its continuance is not an operational requirement.”
The District Commander denied that closing the station will have a detrimental impact on local policing, arguing that disposing of underused facilities will free up resources and mean more officers on the streets where they are needed.
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