Closing rural PSNI Stations will compromise community policing – Dallat

The SDLP is expressing concern at the potential closure of local police stations.

A plan to close 40% of police stations across the North was presented to the policing board last week. The 34 stations slated for closure include Castlederg, Fintona and Dromore in Tyrone and Dungiven, Garvagh and Eglinton in County Derry.

The proposed closures are now going out to public consultation, with final decisions expected by April of next year.

East Derry MLA John Dallat says when the station in Claudy closed, people were promised a full community service would be provided from Eglinton, and now it too is set to close with local services to be provided from Strand Road and Coleraine.

John Dallat says it's difficult to see how a community policing service can be run that way...........

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