Council to nominate members to policing body

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A DECISION on the political make-up of Newtownabbey’s new District Policing and Community Safety Partnership is expected to be taken at the council’s full monthly meeting on Monday evening (September 26).

The new body, which will replace the separate District Policing and Community Safety Partnerships, will be made up of elected members and local community representatives.

It’s understood that under the current proposal, the d’Hondt system could be used to select nine political nominees, meaning neither of the borough’s two Sinn Fein councillors would get a seat on the partnership.

However, with the matter due to be discussed again on Monday night before a final decision is taken, there is still an opportunity for members to increase the number of political representatives to 10, meaning Sinn Fein would get one seat on the policing body.

Looking ahead to next week’s meeting, Sinn Fein councillor Gerard O’Reilly said it is important that his party is represented on the District Policing Partnership.

“From we went into the council there has been a positive working relationship, so I am hopeful that Monday night might well give us a decision that is suitable for everyone that lives in the borough,” he commented.

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