New policing watchdog launches search for independent members

Councillor Robert Hill who will chair the new local Partnership and Councillor Jim Bingham, Chair of Newtownabbey DPP are urging local people with an interest in the community to apply for the new PCSP posts. INNT 02-221-CON
Councillor Robert Hill who will chair the new local Partnership and Councillor Jim Bingham, Chair of Newtownabbey DPP are urging local people with an interest in the community to apply for the new PCSP posts. INNT 02-221-CON
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LOCAL people who are passionate about Newtownabbey’s community and policing issues are being urged to apply to become an Independent Member on the borough’s new Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).

The Northern Ireland Policing Board has now commenced the process to appoint 237 Independent Members to the new Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) across the 26 local council areas.

PCSPs are new statutory bodies established under the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 to help make communities safer. These new partnerships will bring together within a single partnership the functions and responsibilities currently undertaken by District Policing Partnerships (DPPs) and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs).

Urging people to apply for what is a unique role, Board Chair Brian Rea said: “PCSPs aim to make a real difference to the community in which they are based, making people feel safer. Independent PCSP Members will play an important role in maintaining public confidence in policing and ensuring that the voices of local people are heard on a range of issues.

“Over the last number of years both DPPs and CSPs have worked hard for communities, however, there are some areas where improvements can be made for the benefit of the community. The new PCSPs will help us do that and both the Board and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are working to make sure that these new partnerships deliver for local communities.”

Independent Members of PCSPs will work alongside their elected colleagues, the statutory and voluntary sector and the community to identify and develop local solutions to policing and community safety issues.

In Newtownabbey the elected representatives have already been appointed to the new Partnership.

Councillor Robert Hill, who will chair the Partnership, is urging local people to apply for this unique role.

“PCSPs aim to make a real difference to the community in which they are based by making people feel safer. Independent members will play an important role in maintaining public confidence in policing and ensuring that the voices of local people are heard on a range of issues,” he said.

Information on how to apply to become a PCSP Independent Member can be found on the Board’s website at www.nipolicingboard.org.uk/pcsprecruitment; Telephone: 028 9040 8566; by email: pcsprecruitment@nipolicingboard.org.uk; or write to: PCSP Recruitment, Northern Ireland Policing Board, Waterside Tower, 31 Clarendon Road, Clarendon Dock, Belfast, BT1 3BG.

Completed application forms must be returned no later than noon on Monday, January 30, 2012.

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