Police station opening hours are cut by half

Ballymena PSNI Station. INBT48-263AC
Ballymena PSNI Station. INBT48-263AC

The enquiry office at Ballymena Police Station will move to 12-hour opening next week as part of province-wide changes.

From Monday, December 1, the office will open between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week.

There will only be two police stations with 24-hour enquiry desks across Northern Ireland as a result of PSNI cuts - Musgrave Street in Belfast and Strand Road in Londonderry.

Meanwhile, enquiry offices at Ballymoney, Ballycastle and Larne stations will provide an eight hour service on weekdays, 10am-6pm and from 12 noon-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Commenting on the changes, Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said: “The reduction in opening hours should not mean a reduction in our service to the public. Police activities within stations will continue as normal and people can still contact police 24 hours a day/365 days a year on either the non-emergency number 101 or for emergencies on 999.

“The reality is that nearly all policing services are delivered outside of stations. Policing isn’t about buildings. Rather, it is about officers working with the community, keeping them safe by preventing crime and detecting offenders.”

Chief Superintendent Murray concluded: “The new hours may affect people who need to visit stations to produce driving documents or complete other business. We don’t anticipate problems around this but I would ask for their patience at busy times.”