Minister seeks locals’ views on community safety

JUSTICE Minister David Ford is keen to hear the views of people from Newtownabbey on reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

He recently launched the consultation paper, ‘Building Safer, Shared and Confident Communities’, which sets out proposals for a new Community Safety Strategy for Northern Ireland.

The document takes a fresh look at community safety by going beyond preventing crime and anti-social behaviour in the short term, to tackling the root causes that can lead to offending.

As part of the public consultation process, the Department of Justice is hosting an event at the Old Court House, Antrim on Tuesday, March 1 2011 at 7pm and local people are being invited to come along and express their views on the proposals.

David Ford said: “There is no doubt that although Northern Ireland is a safe place to live there are many communities who are concerned about the level of crime and anti-social behaviour in their area. It is not acceptable that some live in fear and we must do all we can to address this issue.

“This consultation includes proposals on the way forward to help build safer, shared and confident communities.

“This strategy is about improving the quality of life of communities across Northern Ireland. I want to hear the views and ideas from the people of Newtownabbey and the surrounding area, on how to improve the communities in which you live, work and socialise.”

The consultation, which will run for 12 weeks until Friday, April 15 2011, is available on the Department of Justice website at www.dojni.gov.uk and at www.nidirect.gov.uk