Trevor Lunn MLA said: “The public want to see more police on the beat across Northern Ireland. To put more officers on the beat, we need to make the best use of the scarce resources available here.
“I can however understand some people’s concerns on this issue, and we need to provide the best service possible for the community. A balance needs to be found to provide more police on the ground whilst ensuring areas have strong cover in relation to stations.
“It is important however that more police can get out on the street, instead of having to sit behind a desk in a station.”