Policing plan outlines targets for year ahead

Chief Inspector John magill and Sgt Brian Stewart pictured at the launch of the Policing Plan with the Chairman of the Policing  and Community Safety Partnership Mark McKinty and the Vice Chairman Andy Wilson. INLT 28-321-PR
Chief Inspector John magill and Sgt Brian Stewart pictured at the launch of the Policing Plan with the Chairman of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership Mark McKinty and the Vice Chairman Andy Wilson. INLT 28-321-PR
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Police in Larne have outlined a commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour in the borough as part of this year’s policing plan.

The 2013-2014 plan sets out local policing priorities and ambitions for the next 12 months.

The plan commits local officers to delivering three core principles of personal, professional and protective policing.

Objectives for personal policing include lowering the level of anti-social behaviour in the borough, reducing the fear of burglary and disrupting the activities of those people involved in metal thefts.

Meanwhile, the professional policing pledge is to keep officers visible in the Larne area and keep the community informed about local policing issues.

And in terms of protective policing, the PSNI is aiming to reduce the harm caused locally by the supply and use of illegal drugs, as well as reducing the fear of violent crime and disorder, including those crimes where alcohol is a motivational factor.

Area Commander Chief Inspector John Magill said: “We have built this plan around what local people have told us they want.

“By paying particular attention to the needs of our community, we will ensure that we are doing everything we can to make sure they feel safe and secure.

“This new plan sets out our challenges in continuing this trend locally and underpins our belief that policing is not just about law enforcement, it is about creating an environment in which all communities can grow and develop in confidence, securing a safer future for all.”

Chairman of Larne PCSP, Councillor Mark McKinty added: “I welcome the launch of this plan for the next 12 months.

“The police have shaped this plan to target the areas of concern highlighted by the people of the Larne borough, and I believe this is an important step to improving community confidence in the police.

“As chairman of the Larne PCSP, I will continue to work with our members, the PSNI, and other bodies who play a role in the safety and well-being of our community.”