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Money saved from PSNI estate disposals needs to be diverted to front line services

4 August, 2009 - by Alex Maskey


Money saved from PSNI estate disposals needs to be diverted to front line services

Sinn Féin MLA and Member of the Policing Board Alex Maskey has stated that the recommended disposal of twenty six police stations as the review of the police estate is accelerated, is welcome and that the monies saved should be placed into front line services to deliver up to date effective policing service for local communites.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“The vast majority of the stations set for disposal are no longer in use and it is costing excessive amounts of money, that comes straight from the policing budget, to maintain and secure therse site. This is money that could very well be diverted to frontline policing.

“Many of these stations are highly fortified, unwanted legacies of the past and in many small towns these buildings dominate the landscape. Is this the message that we want to send about open and accessible policing?

“The cold hard facts is that the stations listed for disposal have either not been used in years or only used an a limited opening basis. This really is more a process of disposal than of closure.

“As they are out of use there is no policing from these sites being delivered to the local communities and this is something to be addressed. This process should allow for an examination of policing in these localities in order to provide up to date and effective policing strategy that delivers for local communities.”

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