Policing plan to target needs of the community

PCSP Vice-Chair Barbara Gilliland, PCSP Chair Cllr Jim Bingham, Alderman Victor Robinson and PSNI Area Commander Chief Inspector Stephen Reid launch the Policing Plan for 2013/14. INNT 23-508CON
PCSP Vice-Chair Barbara Gilliland, PCSP Chair Cllr Jim Bingham, Alderman Victor Robinson and PSNI Area Commander Chief Inspector Stephen Reid launch the Policing Plan for 2013/14. INNT 23-508CON

Newtownabbey police have launched their 2013/14 Area Policing Plan, setting out local policing priorities and ambitions for the borough over the next 12 months.

Speaking at the launch of the document earlier this week, PSNI Area Commander Stephen Reid said the aims and objectives of this year’s plan are based on feedback from local communities and the issues people have said they want to see tackled.

Chief Inspector Reid said: “This Plan commits local police to delivering against the three core principles of personal, professional and protective policing. We will be focusing on reducing crimes like anti-social behaviour, building further confidence in our service to communities and protecting the vulnerable.

“We have built this plan around what local people have told us they want and by paying particular attention to the needs of our community we will ensure that we are doing everything we can to make sure they feel safe and secure.”

Chair of Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Cllr Jim Bingham commented: “The PCSP is committed to supporting the Area Commander and his officers in the delivery of this plan. The PCSP will continue to monitor police performance at a local level to help ensure that the objectives set out in the plan are met.”

Pointing to the continuing drop in recorded crime across the province, Chief Inspector Reid added: “Across Northern Ireland overall crime is at a record 15 year low and confidence in policing is steadily increasing. This has been achieved by officers working in partnership with the communities they serve.

“This new plan sets out how local officers will continue to provide a local service to local people and underpins our belief that policing is not just about law enforcement, it is about creating an environment in which all communities can grow and develop in confidence, securing a brighter and safer future for all.”

The Area Policing Plan for 2013/14 can be viewed online at www.psni.police.uk