29/09/2010

Academics Highlight Policing

Encouraging communities and the police to work together will be the focus of a seminar - jointly organised by the University of Ulster's INCORE initiative and Intercomm being held in Co Londonderry this week.

The Communities and Policing in Transition (CAPT) dissemination seminar is being held today in the Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Launched in September 2009, CAPT is an innovative and groundbreaking project that seeks to facilitate structured and meaningful engagement between policing services on the island of Ireland, communities and key social partners in disadvantaged areas in Belfast, Londonderry and the Tyrone and Donegal border areas.

Dr Kenneth Bush from INCORE, which is based at the University of Ulster's Magee campus, said: “INCORE has a unique role to play within the CAPT programme in the preparation and dissemination of relevant and timely research.
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"The seminar will present the first in a series of three research products to be held over the next two years, as well as marking the successful completion of the first year of the CAPT programme.

"This interesting and important event includes a panel of guest speakers including Peter Bunting (Irish Congress of Trade Unions), Mary O'Rawe (University of Ulster,

Jordanstown) and John Loughran (Intercomm)," he explained.

"The programme comprises key training opportunities as well as workshops, seminars and best practice visits.

"The training component of the CAPT programme is accredited by the University of Ulster towards a 'Certificatein Personal and Professional Development' with specialisation on Police-Community Relations," he concluded.

The Communities and Policing in Transition programme is funded by European Regional Development Fund and provides a strategic focus for collaboration between the policing services on the island of Ireland and communities and key social partners as represented through Intercomm, ICTU, the Tyrone Donegal Partnership and the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at the University of Ulster.

(BMcC/KMcA)

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