Carrick’s Policing and Community Safety Partnership has held an event to acknowledge the contribution of its partner agencies.
The local policing body hosted the Christmas reception last Wednesday to thank community and statutory stakeholders for their efforts in improving community safety.
Attended by around 60 representatives from the community sector, members of Carrickfergus PSNI Neighbourhood Team and officials from the Department of Justice, the event also highlighted a decrease in the overall crime rate for the borough over the past five years.
Chairman of Carrickfergus PCSP Councillor Andrew Wilson thanked those in attendance for their efforts in tackling issues such as anti-social behaviour, domestic violence, burglaries, fear of crime, drugs and alcohol.
“The event was a great opportunity for me as chairman to thank the people who work with the PCSP on a regular basis, all year round for the wider benefit of the borough,” Cllr Wilson said.
“We also used the event to recognise the work of 14 organisations in the community and voluntary sector who have delivered innovative programmes with the PCSP in this past year. These groups and individuals are the real unsung heroes within our communities.
“The challenge for our Partnership is to continue to deliver this joined up approach as we approach RPA, and to ensure that the borough maintains community-based policing and an approach to community safety that empowers communities to bring about positive change in people’s lives.”
Speaking at the event in the Town Hall, PSNI Area Commander for Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus, Chief Inspector Stephen Reid, said:
“In comparison with crime rates of five years ago, the Carrickfergus area has seen a 29.2 percent decrease in the overall crime rate, down from 1890 incidents in 2008/9 to 1338 incidents in 2012/13.
“This reduction is not only testament to the hard work and professionalism of local officers but is as a result of working in partnership with agencies, government departments, and local community representatives.
“The needs of the local community is paramount in directing what we do as a police service but in many instances we can only achieve the best possible outcome for our communities by working together, and in doing so, we can tackle those issues aimed at protecting the community and keeping them safe and free from harm and the fear of harm.”