24/03/2011

Policing Board Publishes Latest Plan

The Northern Ireland Policing Board today published the 2011-2014 policing plan, which focuses on improvements in key areas of policing, which have been raised as priorities by the community.

The Board, in consultation with the Chief Constable and, for the first time, the Justice Minister David Ford MLA, has set targets for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) which are challenging yet achievable and which encourage the PSNI to improve overall performance year on year.

Speaking about the latest Plan Acting Chair of the Board, Brian Rea commented: "Policing with the Community is essential to police service delivery and to reflect this a target has been set to ensure progress is made in implementing the Policing with the Community Strategy 2020. The year ahead will also bring significant challenges for policing in Northern Ireland and the current economic situation undoubtedly will impact on all public services and resource priorities. We also continue to be mindful of the environment in which the Police Service operates and the threat that exists.

For the coming year the Board will oversee, scrutinise and report on performance across all aspects of this Plan; ensuring the delivery of the best possible policing service for the community being served."

Minister of Justice David Ford said: "Policing is delivered best when it is delivered locally, in partnership with, and supported by, the local community.

"The Policing Plan reflects the shared priorities of the Chief Constable and the Board and acknowledges the high expectations that the community has of its police service.


It sets out a clear strategy for the delivery of policing over the next three years and provides the framework against which police performance can be effectively assessed."

The Minister added that the recent financial package agreed with the Treasury will help the police deliver on its commitments.

David Ford said: "Policing in Northern Ireland remains a dangerous job. With an additional £244.5million over the next four years, I have every confidence that the PSNI, supported by the Board and the public, has both the resources and the ability to effectively tackle the threat to peace and stability in our community and deliver its responsibilities for personal policing."

Chief Constable, Matt Baggott added: "This Plan is vitally important as it sets out the priorities of the PSNI for the next four years. It captures the ambitions agreed by both us and the Policing Board.

"Each of the priorities in this Plan have been identified and agreed following an extensive consultation process across all communities in Northern Ireland.

By focusing on what matters to local communities, this Plan also accompanies the revised Policing with the Community 2020 Strategy. Engagement, partnership and service delivery are critical to how we improve public safety and deal with crime and anti social behaviour."

Constable Baggott also stated that the coming weeks will see the launch of a set of Commitments that will underpin what can be expected from the new plan. He maintained that gaining positive results from positive policing here is essential to future investment, the well being of young people and to creating a "more confident Northern Ireland."

(JG/GK)

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