Local enquiry office to close?
Thursday, 2 March 2017
POLICE have again refused to deny speculation that Ballycastle station's public enquiry desk is earmarked for closure.
Their refusal comes as Causeway Coast and Glens DUP Alderman Finlay has reiterated his claim, first made last August, saying it would be "a hugely regrettable and retrograde step."
PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd told The Chronicle that the results of a "review" of "the future planned, effective use of enquiry offices" had been sent to the Policing Board," but refused to be drawn on what those were.
Expressing his concern, Alderman Finlay said: "Ballycastle has long been well served by its local police station which was open to the public.
“In addition, while officers will continue to operate from the station, these will not be local police. "This is a hugely regrettable and retrograde step. The PSNI often stress the importance of community policing and the need for public confidence in the police. The planned closure of the station to the public, and the absence of local police officers, will have a negative impact on the effectiveness of policing in the town.
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