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Making Belfast a safer and shared space . . . B

elfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) is a statutory body which was set up by the Department of Justice and NI Policing Board in 2011 to help build safer, and shared communities and provide support for the throughout this process. The main aim of the Partnership is to make the Belfast a safer and shared place to live and work, by reducing levels of crime and antisocial behaviour. Belfast PCSP acts to support all our communities through various projects and initiatives delivered throughout the City. The partnership also has a statutory responsibility to try and help build relationships between communities and the PSNI ensuring that voices of local people are heard. In Belfast there is an overarching Belfast PCSP for the city and then four district PCSPs for the north, south, east and west of the city. The district partner-

ships focus on localised issues and deal directly with residents and community groups to represent the area. Each partnership grouping is made up of councillors, independent members and representatives from local and statutory organisations such as the PSNI, the Housing Executive, Health and Social Care Trusts, Fire and Rescue Service, Probation Board,Youth Justice Agency and Education Authorities. The PCSPs work has included campaigns to tackle drugs, anti-social behaviour, hate crime, legal highs and human trafficking, as well as supporting citywide youth projects such as the annual Youth Awards and the UR Zone sports cage project. District PCSPS projects have included the installation of drug bins, running fireworks safety campaigns, deploying mobile CCTV, hosting crime prevention events, burglary advice campaigns, road safety

events in schools and other emerging issues such as cyber crime. Several public meetings are organised throughout the year, with the next ones expected in early Autumn. The meeting dates and venues are listed on www.belfastcity.gov.uk/pcsp. The Partnerships also fund two rounds of small grants per year which are awarded across the city following an application process granting up to ÂŁ5,000 per project. Belfast PCSP are committed to providing support and services in order to make our city a better place to live and work not only for the community but also a welcoming place for those who visit this wonderful city each year. If you are interested in hearing more about the PCSP in Belfast, sign up to our e-zine. Simply email your name and address to pcsp@belfastcity.gov.uk

View issue 31  

magazine for community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland

View issue 31  

magazine for community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland

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