Newry, Mourne and Down Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) held their first meeting on Saturday 29 August 2015 in Newcastle.
Councillor Mickey Larkin, PCSP Chairperson in opening the meeting said: “We are establishing a new partnership at a time of even more cutbacks, rationalisation and general uncertainty around budgets and resources. For these reasons we need to make sure we think and plan smartly.
“It is important also, that we impress upon those who have responsibility for budgets that we cannot cut our way to safer communities. We must, at all times, listen to and act upon the needs of all in our community. Our decisions, our actions and our programme of work must be determined by those community needs.”
At the conclusion of the meeting members were thanked for attending and for contributing so positively.[caption id="attachment_58640" align="aligncenter" width="540"] The NMD PCSP members: front (l-r): Shirley Burden, DoJNI; Councillors Willie Clarke and Mickey Larkin; Grace McQuiston and Fiona Stephens Independent Members (IM); and Paddy Rooney-White, NIHE. Back (l-r): Sheila Simons, SE Trust; Dan McEvoy, IM; Ferghal O’Brien, SHSCT; Jude Cumiskey, IM; Roising Lecky, PBNI; Coucillor Kate Loughran; Chief Inspector Andrew Freeburn, PSNI; Audrey Byrne, IM; Superintendent Simon Walls, PSNI; Martin Fahy, IM; and Councillors Harry Harvey and Brian Quinn.[/caption]