During the next 12 months, the five remaining watchtowers in south Armagh will be demolished and the Army will also be withdrawn from most police stations where they still have a presence, including Crossmaglen. Mahon Road barracks in Portadown, a base for the security forces during the Drumcree standoffs, will be closed by January. Other significant bases being closed as part of the process include Bessbrook Mill in south Armagh. At present there are just over 9,000 troops in the province, but that will be reduced to no more than 5,000 by 1 August 2007. The number of sites where troops are stationed will be reduced to 14 from about 40 in the next year and more watchtowers will be demolished.