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PSNI chief writes to every home about police's restructuring

By David Young and PA

The Chief Constable has written to every household in Northern Ireland to outline how a restructuring of the police service will impact on their community.

The current district structure of the PSNI is being realigned to match the new local government model.

Eleven super-councils will take on the functions of the old 26 councils from Wednesday.

The PSNI is realigning its own district model to match the 11 super-council boundaries.

A letter from Chief Constable George Hamilton will be accompanied by a locally-tailored newsletter introducing each new district's senior officers.

Mr Hamilton said he wanted to provide details on the changes taking place within frontline policing. He said while some changes will take place on Wednesday, it will take six months for all the changes to be rolled out.

The restructuring is also reflecting the multi-million-pound budget cuts the PSNI has had to absorb.

"We must adapt to new pressures and challenges whilst keeping communities at the heart of everything we do. Policing is changing but our policing purpose remains the same - keeping people safe is what PSNI do. Policing with the community is how we deliver the service," he said.

"It is vitally important the public are kept updated and informed of new developments within policing."

Mr Hamilton added: "The 11 new districts will be leaner and more streamlined and will focus firmly on local priorities.

"Due to the impact on our budget, we are becoming a smaller organisation, which means we have to look at how we prioritise our reducing resources.

"However, I want to reassure the public that we will continue to work tirelessly to keep people safe."

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