PCSP Newry express anger at 50% budget cuts

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Monday, October 5th, 2015
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A recent meeting of the Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership condemned the 50% budget cut imposed by the Joint Committee. pcsp7PCSP Chair Cllr Mickey Larkin stated, “We are all aware we are living in a time of cuts and austerity however for a Partnership with a remit for community safety as well as expanded geographic responsibilities covering from Crossgar to Crossmaglen to have been hit by 50% cut and still be expected to deliver services to keep people safe and address fear of crime and antisocial behaviour is unacceptable.” Newly elected Vice-Chair, Mr Dan McEvoy added, “The Partnership, bringing together the excellent work of both legacy council PCSP’s, developed a number of projects to address community safety issues and many of these such as ASB interventions, community wardens, strategies to address street drinking and drugs and alcohol generally will not now be possible to roll out.” The Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership will be rolling out and supporting a reduced programme of actions to reduce and address anti-social behaviour and fear of crime such as a ‘locks and bolts’ scheme, telephone support network, domestic and sexual violence, hate crime, road safety, burglary and rural crime.

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