The Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Newry Mourne and Down and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are urging local communities to work with them to help reduce burglary and fear of crime through the formation of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes.
Over 100 Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators attended the Burrendale Hotel Newcastle on Tuesday 8 November to discuss issues of crime prevention and promotion of best practice. The coordinators were addressed by the Chairperson of the PCSP, Councillor Brian Quinn, Director of Safer Communities Directorate in Department of Justice, Mr Anthony Harbinson and District Commander Superintendent, Paul Reid.
PCSP Chairperson, Councillor Brian Quinn said: “Since its inception, the Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) have fully supported our Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators and the schemes across the entire council area. All the coordinators are volunteers and we in the PCSP cherish and value each and every coordinator in the role they have taken on.”
Councillor Brian Quinn added: “We also acknowledge the 15 year anniversary of a changed policing landscape for our society. The central theme of that policing reform programme was a change in policing style and stronger partnership working with local communities.
“The success of Neighbourhood Watch in our District is testament to that partnership approach and the value of working with you in local communities. This is evident as there are currently over 170 schemes spread across the District.”
Newry, Mourne and Down District Commander, Superintendent Paul Reid said: “Crime in general is at an all-time low in Northern Ireland. However the public should not become complacent. Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators need to be vigilant and report suspicious activities.
“The PSNI value and encourage feedback from Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators. The work of the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators is very much appreciated and the role played in the community is very important.”