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PCSP discuss PSNI District Commander’s report

31 January 2019

The Policing Committee of Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) met with PSNI Senior Team on Monday to discuss the District Commander’s nine month report for 2018/19 (April – December 2018).

At the meeting members of the Policing Committee raised issues such as the PSNI response to the recent bomb attack at Bishop Street, rural burglaries, the flying of Parachute Regiment flags in Newbuildings, tackling drug availability, other hate crimes and reporting of domestic and sexual violence. 

Speaking after Monday’s meeting, Alderman Mary Hamilton (PCSP Chair) and Patsy McGonagle (PCSP Vice-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 nine months of this financial year. Officers advised us of progress against the targets set out in the Local Policing Plan for 2018/19.

“The members welcomed the overall 1.0% reduction in crime in the Council area over this period equating to 62 fewer victims of crime. Members noted that ASB has reduced by 6.9% or 269 fewer incidents of ASB when compared to the same nine months of last year. Members also commended officers for the professional and speedy manner with which they dealt with the bomb in Bishop Street and the subsequent hijackings across the city.

“Both PCSP members and PSNI condemned the erection of Parachute Regiment flags in Newbuildings specifically to coincide with the Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and agreed that this type of hate crime has no place in our district,” she went on.

“The Partnership acknowledged the positive partnerships and collective approach to tacking crime and increasing community safety in the district. Police thanked the PCSP, statutory partners, community groups and indeed the general public for contributing to this encouraging reduction.”

The PCSP Chair and Vice Chair added: “Behind these statistics are victims and we will continue to work with the police to ensure that their needs are met and that the 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 more positive outcomes in the coming months.”