Councillor
Peter J. Martin
transparency, accountability and effective representation

Bangor - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Martin opposes possible closure of Holywood Police Station

Tuesday 28th February 2012

This week at a special meeting of North Down District Policing Partnership the people of Holywood and public representatives made an extremely strong case to keep their local police station open. Arguments were made regarding the security issues, response times and the effect of the possible loss of the police station would have.

This week at a special meeting of North Down District Policing Partnership the people of Holywood and public representatives made an extremely strong case to keep their local police station open. Arguments were made regarding the security issues, response times and the effect of the possible loss of the police station would have. I am personally extremely concerned about the effect of the elderly and most vulnerable who cite the ‘perceived threat of crime’ as one of the biggest issues and worries for them. A police station in the town is a reassuring visual and persistent reminder that the PSNI are present. If the station were to close we could be left with one station representing the entire Borough with a very large and disparate population. I was impressed by the honestly with which the senior officers dealt with questions and they were certainly left in no doubt about how people present felt regard the crucial aspect of community policing. In its most basic form Community Policing means Officers on the ground and in the Community and that is not something that North Down wants to lose. I believe that the job of providing the excellent standard of community policing that Holywood enjoys will be made harder by the possible loss of this station

> back to north down issues