PSNI resources, including the buildings from which people operate, must be used to meet operational policing demands; and at the request of the Policing Board the PSNI developed an Estate Strategy to complement and enhance operational policing strategies.
The PSNI Estate Strategy 2016 represents investment in the construction of new stations, maintenance and upgrade programmes, running costs and security review measures to make stations more accessible.
Another key aspect of the strategy is the review of the police estate. The PSNI continually reviews its estate to consider the need for identified stations and seeking alternative means of providing a policing service in communities. The Policing Board understands how emotive this subject can be and in reviewing proposals from PSNI Commanders, needs to be satisfied that full consultation has taken place, including with the local Policing and Community Safety Partnership, and that District Commanders have given commitments to set out how, in the absence of a station, local policing will be delivered to ensure no deterioration in the level of service provided. The Policing Board monitors the implementation of the Estate Strategy through the Resources Committee as specified in the Policing Plan.
The PSNI Estate Strategy includes the development of the Police College at Garnerville.