Ards and North Down

Ards and North Down District covers an area of about 228 square miles. There is around 115 miles of coastline.

There is a combination of rural and urban communities and we have an estimated population of approximately 160,000.

District Personnel

  • Superintendent Johnston McDowell


    Johnston McDowell

    is the District Commander for Ards & North Down.

  • Chief Inspector Trevor Atkinson

    Chief Inspector

    Trevor Atkinson

    Community Engagement

  • T/Chief Inspector Peter Haughey

    T/Chief Inspector

    Peter Haughey

    Operations and Performance

Your Local Policing Area

We have 3 Neighbourhood Policing Teams                                                                                                                                                                                   Team 1 – Newtownards and Ards West Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT)                                                                                                                                Team 2 – Bangor Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT)                                                                                                                                                              Team 3 – Ards Peninsula and Holywood Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT)                                                                                                                          Our Local Policing Team (LPT) is based at Newtownards PSNI Station provides a 24/7 preventative patrolling and response to calls for service across the entire District area.   We also have a District Support Team (DST) and a District Community Planning Sergeant.   Our Officers are supported by a small number of Police Staff colleagues who work on a range of administrative and operational support functions.

Our commitment to your district

Our officers and staff are committed to providing visible, accessible and responsive policing which is victim focused.

We work collaboratively with a wide range of partners in the statutory, community and voluntary sectors with the aim of keeping people safe thorough preventing crime, detecting offenders and protecting the most vulnerable.

In Ards and North Down District during the last full financial year 2020/2021 (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) there were:

- 38,309 calls for Police service

- 5,231 recorded crimes

- 6,025 recorded incidents of Anti-Social Behaviour

- 3 people killed and 38 people seriously injured in Road Traffic Collisions

The current priorities for Ards and North Down District are outlined in our Local Policing Plan for 2020 / 2021.

This document was developed in consultation with the Ards and North Down Police and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and the wider Community.