‘Creation of PCSP’s will bring more accountable policing’ – Ruane

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Sunday, May 6th, 2012
Sinn Féin South Down MLA Caitriona Ruane, a member of the Policing Board has welcomed the setting up of the new Policing Community Safety Partnership’s (PCSP). Speaking to Newry Times, Ms Ruane said, “It is important in growing public confidence in policing that we have mechanisms that will hold the PSNI to account in a transparent manner. I believe that the new PCSP’s, which replace the District Policing Partnerships, is the vehicle in which this can be done. Not only is the PCSP’s a body that will hold the PSNI to account but it will also allow us to determine policing priorities in areas through consultation with the local community. All too often communities have no say in what the policing priorities for their own area are as in the past they were solely decided by senior PSNI officers who had no idea as to what was happening on the ground.” Ruanne added, “By engaging with the PCSP, communities will be able to identify exactly what policing problems are impacting upon their area and ensure that these are prioritized within the local policing plan. There is obviously going to be challenges for members of the new body but local communities deserve a first class policing service and the PCSP’s can be the vehicle in helping to develop and delivering that service to our entire community.”
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