Residents want more police patrols

Concerns over anti-social behaviour and burglary have been highlighted to Carrickfergus Policing and Community Safety Partnership.

These were among 160 responses to an online public consultation carried out by the partnership (PCSP).

The need for more high visibility police patrols was also an issue.

The survey is being used to identify high priority policing and community safety issues within the borough.

The PCSP has been working with the PSNI area commander Chief Inspector Stephen Reid to consult on the local policing plans for 2014/2015.

The two-week online consultation forms part of the PCSPs on-going work to consult with the community and offers an opportunity to use new technologies and communications to gauge community opinion.

The PCSP has a statutory remit to consult with the public in its council area to find out people’s views about how their area is policed.

This is the first year Carrickfergus PCSP has used an online survey.

The PCSP says that the outcome of this consultation is taken into account by the PSNI in developing the targets contained in the Policing Plan for Carrick Borough.

Cllr. Andrew Wilson said: “As chairman of Carrickfergus Policing and Community Safety Partnership, I would like to thank the members of the public who responded to our recent policing and community safety survey. The consultation offered an opportunity to ensure the 2014/15 Policing Plan reflects local policing and community safety priorities that matter most to local residents.

“I can confirm that PCSP members have already conveyed the public’s feelings from the survey to the area commander.”