Ards and North Down

Ards and North Down has a population of 157,000. It comprises a unique mix of urban and rural communities. The largest towns, in order of size, are Bangor, Newtownards, Holywood, Comber and Donaghadee. The remainder of the population lives mainly in 19 smaller villages. 80% of residents live in the northern 25% of our borough. We have an approximate area of 228 square miles and 115 miles of coastline. 

District Personnel

  • Superintendent  Brian Kee


    Brian Kee

    is the commander in charge of Ards and North Down District and is based at Bangor Police Station.

  • Chief Inspector  Gerry McGrath

    Chief Inspector

    Gerry McGrath

    is responsible for engagement and service delivery and is based at Bangor Police Station.

  • Chief Inspector Trevor Atkinson

    Chief Inspector

    Trevor Atkinson

    is responsible for performance in Ards and North Down.

Your Local Policing Area

Communities living in Ards & North Down District now have one LPT, based in Newtownards Police Station, providing 24 hour cover to continue keeping local people safe right across the District. These officers will be supported by one Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), based in Bangor Police Station, which will be mobile and deployed to areas to deal with critical issues.

Our commitment to your district

Keeping People Safe is what we do; Policing With the Community is how we do it. We want to play our part in making Ards and North Down a safe place to live, work and visit and we prioritise resources accordingly to the greatest threat, risk, harm and vulnerability.

Your Local Policing Team (LPT) operates out of Newtownards Police Station and is available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to prevent, protect, detect and respond to reported incidents.  

Each Local Policing Team (LPT) officer has been aligned to one of the seven District Electoral Areas (DEA’s) across Ards and North Down to ensure that the District has officers on duty at all times who have geographical ownership for all areas. These officers will develop their local knowledge, establish a network of contacts and work in partnership with the community to resolve problems. 

Our Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) is focused on specific areas and enables an extra level of commitment and capacity to engage and deliver on Community Policing.

The current priorities for Ards and North Down District are outlined in our Local Policing Plan for 2015 / 2016. The Outcomes, Indicators and Measures outlined in this document were developed in consultation with the Ards and North Down Police and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the wider Community.   

Please be assured that while Policing is changing our policing purpose remains the same. Keeping People Safe is still our main priority and we will continue to do this by preventing harm, protecting the vulnerable and detecting offenders.