Would you like to #bepartofit and make a difference to policing and safety in your community?
The local elections in May this year will trigger the need for all 11 Policing and Community Partnerships (PCSPs) across Northern Ireland to be reconstituted and the Policing Board has now started the process to recruit independent members for each Council area.
Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly explained: “We are looking for people who have an interest in policing and community safety and who have the skills to help make a difference to their area. They will work alongside Councillors and engage with the community, the police and a range of other bodies to make a real difference to the community.”
The PCSP role is to consult and engage with the local community to identify and prioritise particular issues of concern and prepare plans for how these can be tackled. They monitor the performance of the police and work to gain the co-operation of the public with the police in preventing crime. And they deliver a reduction in crime and enhance community safety through interventions, delivery groups or by supporting the work of others.
Applications for independent members will close at 12 noon on Friday 12th April 2019, with the appointment process due to be fully completed and new independent members ready to take up their positions in March 2020.
Encouraging people to apply, Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly said: “This is a great opportunity to make sure the voice of your community is heard.
We are looking for people of all ages and abilities who are able to engage with the community and the police to maintain public confidence in policing and deliver community safety.
If you have ever considered how your local police could do things better; ever thought that your particular skills could be helpful in resolving issues you know your community is having; or if you are ready to make a difference to the area you live or work in, now is your chance.”
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- Applicants must live in, or be able to demonstrate a close connection and active interest in, the Council area for which they are making an application;
- This is a voluntary role and does not attract any allowance. However, members are eligible to claim a general expense payment;
- Full training will be provided to all members.
- More information on the applications process and the work of PCSPs can be found at www.pcsps.org
- Picture caption: Launching the PCSP recruitment campaign are (l-r): Policing Board Vice Chair Debbie Watters, Chair Anne Connolly and Chair of the Partnership Committee Dolores Kelly MLA.
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