THE number of crimes reported to Newtownabbey Police dropped significantly last year, according to the PSNI’s latest statistics.
Figures for the past financial year reveal that local officers received 3,924 reports of crime - a decrease of seven per cent compared to the previous year (2010/11).
Detection rates by local officers increased during the 12-month period - up by 0.8 per cent to 22.1 per cent.
Chair of the new Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), councillor Robert Hill, said: “This is fantastic news and I hope crime can continue to decrease and police detection rates increase.
“We as a body will continue to pressure the police so that those statistics can improve.
“I would also like to particularly thank local officers for their hard work recently in apprehending individuals and bringing them before the courts so that justice can be served.
“This demonstrates how the police and the community can work together to bring about results.”
The PCSP, which formed in April after the amalgamation of the District Policing Partnership and Community Safety Partnership, is due to hold its first meeting on June 7.
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