Policing and Community Safety Partnership
Elected and Independent Members of Newtownabbey Policing and Community Safety Partnership at their inaugural meeting at Mossley Mill on 7 June 2012
About Policing and Community Safety Partnerships
What are PCSPs?
PCSPs (Policing and Community Safety Partnerships) aim to make our community safer. They are statutory bodies established under the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 and bring together, in one partnership, the functions and responsibilities of District Policing Partnerships (DPPs) and Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) , building on the most useful and effective aspects of each, while operating in a more streamlined and joined up way.
They are funded jointly by the Department of Justice and the Northern Ireland Policing Board.
There are 26 partnerships, one for each council area. Belfast has one PCSP and four District Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (DPCSPs) covering the North, South, East and West area commands within the city.
Each PCSP has a Policing Committee to take forward specific police monitoring and engagement functions, with the wider PCSP taking forward community safety related functions.
PCSPs may also establish Delivery Groups to address particular community safety issues that arise in their areas.
Who we are?
Newtownabbey PCSP has 10 political members and 9 independent members.
The Partnership Chair is Councillor Jim Bingham. The Vice-Chair is Barbara Gilliland.
The Partnership’s Political Members are:
- Alderman Paul Girvan
- Councillor Mandy Girvan
- Councillor Audrey Ball
- Alderman Victor Robinson
- Councillor Jim Bingham
- Alderman Fraser Agnew
- Councillor Billy Webb
- Alderman John Blair
- Councillor Gerard O’Reilly
The Partnership’s Independent Members are:
- Brian Mullan
- Joan Cosgrove
- Barbara Gilliland
- Catherine Hardy
- Audrey Murray
- Jordan Greer
- Joanne Hamilton-Whyte
- Michael Goodman
- Stephanie McVicker
What we do?
Newtownabbey PCSP aims to make our community safer. We do this by focussing on the policing and community safety issues that matter most in Newtownabbey Borough.
- consult and engage with the local community on the issues of concern in relation to policing and community safety. The Policing Committee has a distinct responsibility to provide views to the relevant district commander and the Policing Board on policing matters;
- identify and prioritise the particular issues of concern and prepare plans for how these can be tackled;
- monitor - a Policing Committee comprising the political and independent members will monitor the performance of the police and work to gain the co-operation of the public with the police in preventing crime; and
- deliver a reduction in crime and enhance community safety in our district, directly through our own interventions, through the work of our delivery groups or through support for the work of others.
Newtownabbey PCSP Policing Committee works with local police to develop the local policing plan and monitor their performance against this plan.
The role of the Policing Committee is to carry out the following specific functions:
- to provide views to a relevant police commander and to the Policing Board on any matter concerning the district;
- to monitor performance of the police in carrying out the policing plan in the district; and
- to make arrangements for obtaining the co-operation of the public with the policing in preventing crime and enhancing community safety in the district.
Newtownabbey PCSP will work with the community to identify issues of concern in the local area and potential solutions, and will prepare a plan to address these concerns. The focus of the plan will be on delivering practical solutions.
We also work in partnership with those organisations that have a contribution to make to enhancing community safety in our area. When designated organisations are appointed they will be active members of our partnership and will contribute to the development of our partnership plan.
Community involvement is vitally important if we are to really deliver a safer society for everyone. Newtownabbey PCSP would be keen to hear your views.
We will be hosting public meetings in the future and these will be publicised locally.
This website page will also be updated regularly.
This webpage will be updated with the work of the Newtownabbey PCSP as we move forward.
Tel: 028 9034 0070
PCSP Project Officer
Tel: 028 9034 0079
Projects in your area
Newtownabbey PCSP is supporting a range of community safety projects in your area. Further details will be available on this website as the partnership develops over the coming months.
Department of Justice
Northern Ireland Policing Board