Engaging the community in Lisburn

Wed 23 Jan 2013

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Members of the Policing Board’s Community Engagement Committee have met with Lisburn Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to get an overview of some of the projects it is supporting on engagement with the police.

Speaking about the meeting, Committee Chair Gerry Kelly MLA said: “This meeting was extremely positive and we heard how the PCSP is working with community groups and the police.

The Lisburn area like many areas is not without its problems and what is so positive about Colin Safer Neighbourhood and the Lisburn SAFE Projects is that people are working hard within parts of the community to deliver good working relationships and peaceful neighbourhoods through the whole area.

This Committee is very supportive of such constructive engagement with the PSNI and statutory bodies. We will continue to work with the PCSPs to ensure they have the support needed to deliver positive results for policing with the community.”

The Chair of Lisburn PCSP Cllr John Palmer said: "I welcome this meeting of the Community Engagement Committee taking place in Lisburn, affording the PCSP the opportunity to showcase some of the excellent work that is happening in Lisburn in relation to policing and community safety. It was certainly a positive meeting."


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Notes to Editors

  1. The meeting in the Old Warren Estate, Lisburn was attended by the following:

Board Members Gerry Kelly MLA (Chair), Debbie Watters (Vice Chair), Ryan Feeney, Trevor Lunn MLA, Conall McDevitt MLA and Pat Sheehan MLA.

Representatives of Colin Safer Neighbourhood Project Cllr Stephen Magennis (also a PCSP Member), Michael George (also a PCSP Member) and Brendan McAteer.

Representatives of Lisburn SAFE Project Philip Dean (also a PCSP Member) and Aide Bird.

Also in attendance were members of the Dunmurry Neighbourhood Policing Team, including Chief Inspector Darrin Jones and Inspector Mark Robinson, which recently won the Diversity in Action award at the Policing with the Community Awards and the Aishling Award for outstanding Community Endeavour.

  1. Lisburn SAFE Project is in its establishment phase and has been set up to create a community environment which is safe, free from criminality, anti-social behaviour and have a connected community. It covers the geographic areas of Lisburn Town South including Old Warren, Hillhall, Hilden, Maze and Tonagh. The project works very closely with the local police and they have recently agreed a Service Level Agreement around general operating procedures and how the police and the project work together. The management team for the project includes key statutory and voluntary agencies.

Lisburn SAFE is a community volunteers scheme aimed at impacting upon disadvantage and specifically community safety and peace building.

  1. The Colin Safer Neighbourhood Project have for almost 10 years, co-ordinated a community network based on a Colin Residents Watch Programme. The network has 75+ volunteers across the Colin area. The Colin Safer Neighbourhood Project play a significant role in carrying out partnership work with the Dunmurry Neighbourhood Policing Team and helped pilot a live time text messaging service between the NPT and members of the Project.

This Project is extremely active and visible on the ground, working to address on street anti-social behaviour and providing alternatives for young people at risk of offending or who have a record of offending.

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