Limavady Neighbourhood Policing teams to combine

Limavady PSNI station.
Limavady PSNI station.

Urban and Rural Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Limavady are set to combine, but the Area Commander says officers are committed to keeping people in local communities safe, writes Sheena Jackson.

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton told Limavady PCSP the news on Monday. He said the PSNI “is facing significant levels of budget reduction”.

“Our aim is to deliver savings while ensuring that our service to the community remains fit for purpose and sustainable,” said Chief Insp. Hutton.

“The Chief Constable has made it clear that community policing will not be coming to an end but, if we are becoming a smaller organisation, it is right that we look at how we best continue to deliver community policing in the future.”

PCSP chair, SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle said while the PCSP is satified it will not have a major impact locally, there is a concern the visible presence of officers on the ground may not be as good as it has been in the last three to four years.

Chief Insp. Hutton also confirmed six officers who had temporarily been attached to Limavady had returned to Foyle.