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Derry and Strabane PCSP Policing Committee receive PSNI District Commander’s Quarter Two Report

26 October 2022
The Policing Committee of Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) met with the PSNI Senior Team on Tuesday to discuss the District Commander’s six-month report for 2022/23 (April – September 2022).
At the meeting members of the Policing Committee raised issues including the increase in retail crime/shoplifting, supporting victims of domestic abuse, availability of drugs through the ‘dark web’, city/town centre ASB, the importance of local community safety forums and the PSNI budget.   
Speaking after today’s meeting Alderman Darren Guy (PCSP Chair) stated:
“Today’s meeting of the PCSP Policing Committee was positive and constructive with police presenting their report on crime in the district for the first six months of this financial year. Officers advised us of progress against the targets set out in the Local Policing Plan for 2022/23. The members noted the overall 1.2% increase in crime in the Council area over this period equating to 67 more reported crimes. Members welcomed Chief Superintendent Nigel Goddard to the post of District Commander and wished him well in the post.”
The Partnership also received a presentation from the Commissioner Designate for Victims of Crime, Geraldine Hanna, on her role, responsibility and priorities for the future. Police thanked the PCSP, statutory partners, community groups and indeed the general public for their valuable contribution in tackling crime and ASB in the city and district.
The PCSP Chair added: “Behind each of these statistics are victims and we will continue to work with the police to ensure that their needs are met and that PSNI, locally, continues to deliver positive outcomes for all our citizens. PCSP members reaffirmed their commitment to continue to support the police to tackle crime and also to monitor police performance in the coming year. Overall, the District Commander’s report for this period is positive but there is also a number of areas where we need to work to improve performance and members will continue to monitor these areas over the coming months. We would thank all the partners involved in making our communities safer places to live, work and visit and look forward to even more positive outcomes in the coming months.”
Derry City and Strabane Area Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Goddard said: “I welcome the feedback from today’s PCSP meeting, which is an important mechanism that allows us to explain what we do as a Police Service and how we tackle the issues affecting people.
“We’re fully committed to delivering good policing in our communities in Derry City & Strabane and, most importantly, working to keep people safe.
“We recognise the strong desire for a policing service that is responsive to local needs, with officers who are visible in local areas working with communities and partners to tackle local issues. From the scourge of drugs to anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse, I want to reassure the community we will continue to work tirelessly to pursue offenders and bring them before the courts.
“Our priority is to make our communities safer places for everyone, and to build confidence, trust and legitimacy in policing.”