Should Dungiven PSNI station close there must be something in place to serve policing needs in the area.
That is the message sent to the Policing Board after consultation with Roe Valley groups, politicians and the public over six weeks, the ‘Journal’ understands.
The Policing Board has said Dungiven Station is one of those it is considering closing in a bid to save money. Recent figures from the PSNI revealed it cost just under £75,000 a year to operate.
Limavady Area Commander, Sam Donaldson, who confirmed the public consultation on the future viability of Police Stations has closed, said a draft report was presented to a private District Policing Partnership last week.
“A final report will be forwarded to the Police Senior Service Executive Team by the end of the week. Once approved, it will be taken to the Northern Ireland Policing Board by Assistant Chief Constable, Dave Jones for the Board’s information and decision on disposal.
The Police Service will not confirm which stations have been recommended for closure and disposal until each of the public meetings have taken place,” he told the ‘Journal’.
SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle believes there should be some type of police “cop shop” in the town, visible to the community, while Sinn Fein councillor Sean McGlinchey believes the station should close and the site handed back to another government department for a park and ride facility.
There is no community group could afford to demolish it,” he said. “A community based police shop is the way forward.”