Keep Carrickfergus Police Station Open
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I have created this petition as a result of the Police Service of Northern Ireland decision to close Carrickfergus Police Station to the public from 3rd April 2017.
The decision has been taken on the back of sustained reductions in service in recent years. In 2014 the opening hours of Carrickfergus police station were reduced to 1pm to 4 pm daily. At that point I accused the PSNI of facilitating the station's demise by restricting access to the public. We now see this result of this decision.
The justification for the closure has been both financial and practical. The PSNI argue that the public are using new methods of reporting crimes and interacting with officers.
While this may be so, it is my strong opinion that a town the size of Carrickfergus (including Greenisland & Whitehead), with a population of over 40,000 people, needs a functioning police station. While some habits may be changing, there can be substitute for face to face interaction with the public.
The big fear is that this closure to the public will also ultimately lead to the complete closure of the station as a police response base. In the interests of public confidence and safety this would be extremely concerning.
Please sign this petition and send a strong message to the PSNI asking them to reconsider the decision to close Carrickfergus Station.
John Stewart - UUP MLA for East Antrim
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