New Local Policing Team to be stationed in Crossmaglen, PSNI reveals

September 28, 2015

New-style Local Policing Teams (LPTs) will begin operating across the Newry, Mourne and Down District from today (Monday) as part of a phased plan to transform community policing, the PSNI has announced.

Superintendent Simon Walls, PSNI District Commander for Newry, Mourne and Down District revealed that LPTs will be based in Newry, Crossmaglen, Newtownhamilton and Downpatrick police stations and will provide 24-hour cover.

“These officers will be supported by three Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs), based in Newry, Kilkeel and Newcastle police stations. Their teams will be mobile and deployed to areas to deal with critical issues. Jointly their focus will remain on protecting people, preventing crime and detecting offenders through Policing with the Community,” he said.

Detailing the transformation in policing across the north, ACC Stephen Martin, who is responsible for District Policing, added: “April 1st marked the beginning of the biggest transformation that policing in Northern Ireland has faced in recent years as a result of aligning with new Council structures combined with significant budget pressures when we moved from seven Policing Districts to eleven.

“As part of this restructure, we looked at ways the PSNI could continue to deliver on its priority of keeping people safe in the face of ongoing budget cuts and decreasing resources. As a result we developed a new model of policing to use our resources in the most efficient and effective way possible and decided to move away from the current mix of Response and Neighbourhood policing.

“By October 1st there will be 26 LPTs across Northern Ireland working alongside locally based detectives. These teams will respond to calls, conduct investigations, and deal with community problems. They will provide advice and reassurance and spend time learning about what most affects communities in order to work with them to improve safety and quality of life. Individual officers will have geographic ownership of a particular area and will be expected to develop an in-depth local knowledge of that area and engage with civic leaders, clergy and local community groups to understand the needs of that community and how best to keep people safe,” he added.

Thirty four NPTs will operate in areas with higher levels of crime and deprivation and a number of other areas of rural isolation or particular policing need.

“They will provide an additional dedicated policing presence, reassurance and commitment to communities where it is most needed,” ACC Martin said.

“We are also continuing to review the number of police stations we have and will update the community on any decisions made during this time of change. Policing is changing but our policing purpose remains the same – keeping people safe is still our main priority and we will continue to do this by preventing harm, protecting the vulnerable and detecting offenders.”