Omagh gets green police station

Published Tuesday, 14 September 2010
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PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott says Omagh's new eco-friendly police station is fit for 21st century policing.

Mr Baggott unveiled one of the UK's most modern police stations, which also covers the Cookstown and Dungannon areas, on Tuesday.

Omagh's new landmark building, which cost more than £15.5m, is located on land previously used by the Army - on the former St Lucia Army Barracks site - on the Derry Road.

The environmentally-friendly station is heated by a boiler that burns biomass and it uses geothermal groundwater for cooling.

Mr Baggott dismissed concerns that the new station was too friendly against the backdrop of a severe dissident threat.

"We are relentlessly pursuing them and bringing them to justice", he told UTV.

"Three times as many people have been charged with terrorism this year as the whole of last year already.

"We have spent tens of millions of pounds to ensure it (the threat) does not disrupt the peace.

"And I hope those people still anxious or still trying to take us back will reflect upon the fact that the vast majority of people don't want them anymore."

Justice Minister David Ford and the acting chairman of the Policing Board, Brian Rea, also attended the official opening of the station.

"Any investment will be significant to provide proper modern facilities. But it's key to making sure that we have a much better policing service", Mr Ford told UTV.

Acting Chairman of the Policing Board, Brian Rea, officially declared the station open.

"One of the main priorities for policing this year is to get more police officers out from behind desks and onto front-line duties.

"The technology incorporated into this modern facility will ensure that officers will spend minimal time in the station and more time in the community delivering a personal policing service," Mr Rea said.

Police officers and civilian staff have been working in the station since March 2009.

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Brian in Belfast wrote (1,600 days ago):
Mr Baggott, just like his predecessors will never have to worry about threats no matter how severe they are. He will be protected, 24 hours.
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