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Neighbourhood police boosted by new officers

Police in the Greater Newtownabbey area have introduced six new officers to the four Neighbourhood Policing Teams which operate in the area.

In addition, new information sheets featuring the team's contact details will be available on the PSNI website, through the District Policing Partnership (DPP) and in libraries and public areas throughout the Newtownabbey area.

The larger Neighbourhood Policing Teams will continue to deliver community policing in the four sectors in Newtownabbey.

The University Team are responsible for Whiteabbey, Monkstown, Carnmoney, Mossley and Jordanstown, while the Macedon Team cover Rathcoole, Bawnmore, Longlands and the Abbey Retail Park.

Ballyclare town and the outlying villages of Doagh, Straid, Ballynure and Burnside are looked after by the Ballyclare Team and Glengormley and Mallusk are covered by the Antrim Line Team.

Each Neighbourhood Policing Team is lead by an Inspector, supported by a Sergeant. The Constables in the team have ownership of a specific beat area and these details are now also included on the new contact sheets.

As well as a specific Neighbourhood Policing Team email address, each officer has a mobile telephone number that members of the public can contact them on regarding non-emergency issues.

This means that if the community has concerns, such as youths causing annoyance they can contact their local beat officer, who can work with them and in partnership with other agencies such as the DPP and Community Safety Partnership to resolve the issues.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector Paula Hilman, said: “It is important that local residents know who these officers are and how to contact them. Visibility alone is not enough. Communities want accessible, knowledgeable and locally known officers.

“However this works two ways, it is critical that local residents make an effort to engage with the Neighbourhood Policing Teams. We cannot effectively deal with the issues in your area if we are not aware of them.

“I would encourage people to make contact with my officers directly or through other channels such as Neighbourhood Watch schemes or local community groups.”

Newtownabbey DPP chairman Councillor Fraser Agnew welcomed the increase.

“This is something the DPP has been keen to see happen for some time and the increase in officers is to be welcomed,” he said. “It will take a little time for the teams to settle into their areas but already we are seeing excellent work being done and some officers are already well known in the community.”

Belfast Telegraph