20/11/2003

DPPs tour PSNI Training College

The Police Service College opened its doors to members of District Policing Partnerships (DPPs) today to showcase the vital police work carried out by a number of police departments.

The open day, which also took place to mark the official launch of the landmark 'Leadership for Life' education programme focusing on operational policing, was designed to give DPPs and other groups a better insight into police work in Northern Ireland.

Commenting on today's event, Deputy Chief Constable Paul Leighton said: "This event is an opportunity to openly demonstrate to members of District Policing Partnerships and other community groups, various aspects of what we do.

"Combining this with the launch of our innovative learning programme we hope to show that the Police Service of Northern Ireland is striving to deliver a truly holistic service."

Policing Board Chairman, Professor Desmond Rea, said: "By bringing together members of the District Policing Partnerships and representatives from the wider community to see first hand the range of services delivered by the PSNI, the opportunity for meaningful discussion on policing issues has been provided."

Thursday's event also featured presentations on police training, policing with the community (problem solving partnerships), local policing plans and performance and a series of interactive learning exhibitions on operational policing.

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