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Policing and Community Safety Partnerships

Community Safety Partnerships and District Policing Partnerships were replaced on 1 April 2012 by Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs).

Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs)

PCSPs aim to make our communities safer. PCSPs are statutory bodies established under the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 and bring together the functions and responsibilities of District Policing Partnerships (DPPs) and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs).

These new partnerships will work in a more joined up way to the benefit of local communities. They are funded jointly by the Department of Justice and the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

There are 26 partnerships, one for each council area. Belfast has one PCSP and four District Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (DPCSPs) covering the North, South, East and West area commands within the city.

Each PCSP has a Policing Committee to take forward specific police monitoring and engagement functions, with the wider PCSP taking forward community safety related functions.

PCSPs may also establish delivery Groups to address particular community safety issues that arise in their areas.

What PCSPs do

PCSPs aim to make our community safer by focussing on the policing and community safety issues that matter most in each local council area.

In making communities safer PCSPs will:

  • consult and engage with the local community on the issues of concern in relation to policing and community safety. The Policing Committee has a responsibility to provide views to the relevant district commander and the Policing Board on policing matters
  • identify and prioritise the particular issues of concern and prepare plans for how these can be tackled
  • monitor - a Policing Committee comprising the political and independent members will monitor the performance of the police and work to gain the co-operation of the public with the police in preventing crime
  • deliver a reduction in crime and enhance community safety in their district, directly through their own actions, through the work of their delivery groups or through support for the work of others

Members

The size of each PCSP varies across Northern Ireland. Each partnership has between eight to ten political members, depending on the size of the council area, and this membership reflects the political make up of each council and is representative of the local community.

They also have seven to nine independent members of the community who are appointed by the NI Policing Board.

Together these members will form the Policing Committee of the PCSP.

In addition, PCSPs will have at least four representatives of designated organisations. Some of these organisations will be specified in an Order made by the Department of Justice - these organisations must be represented on all PCSPs - while others will be selected locally by a PCSP.

The Chair of each partnership is a councillor and the Vice Chair is an independent member.

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