Policing Board Chairman urges people to join Partnership scheme

LOCAL people have been urged to have their say by joining the new Banbridge Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).

UUP MLA John McCallister has urged the public to make a real difference in their community by applying to become an Independent Member of their PCSP. Mr McCallister said, “The Northern Ireland Policing Board is currently looking for 237 Independent Members for their new Policing and Community Partnerships. This is a fantastic opportunity for local voices to be heard on issues that are directly effecting them and their local community.’

“The PCSPs will be established in each of Northern Ireland’s 26 council areas and will work to make people feel safer and provide a direct link between local communities and our police force.’

“A number of information evenings are being held across the country and I would encourage anyone who is passionate about their local community and policing issues to make sure they attend to learn more about the role of an Independent Member and how they can apply to become one.”

“I would urge anyone interested to go along to the Belmont Hotel, Banbridge on Thursday January 19 from 7-9pm and hear more about becoming a member. In South Down I have attended many community policing meetings and I have found them extremely worthwhile and effective. Local people who know their areas inside out and know the daily issues affecting them are able to communicate face to face with police and highlight their concerns. The importance and value of these partnerships can’t be underestimated and this is a real opportunity for individuals to make a difference.”

Policing Board Chair, Brian Rea, added, “If you have resolved to get more involved in your community this year and do something that can make a tangible difference, then applying to become an Independent Member of your local PCSP presents a perfect opportunity to do just that.

“Independent PCSP Members will have an important role in maintaining public confidence in policing and ensuring that the voices of local people are heard on the issues that matter most. Working alongside political members (councillors) who will be appointed by the Councils, they will also work with the statutory and voluntary sector and people in the area to identify and develop local solutions to policing and community safety issues. Issues like anti-social behaviour, crimes such as burglary and dealing with issues that help ensure the vulnerable feel safer.

“So if you are up for a new challenge for the New Year and want to help improve the safety of the community you live in find out more about the PCSPs and how to apply to become an independent member from the Board’s website at www.nipolicingboard.org.uk/pcsprecruitment; by phone: 028 9040 8566; by email: pcsprecruitment@nipolicingboard.org.uk; or writing to: PCSP Recruitment, Northern Ireland Policing Board, Waterside Tower, 31 Clarendon Road, Clarendon Dock, Belfast, BT1 3BG.”