Strategic Plan 2008 - District Policing Partnerships

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NORTH DOWN DISTRICT POLICING
PARTNERSHIP



STRATEGIC PLAN



2008


2011







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CONTENTS

___________________________________________


Section 1:


Chairman’s foreword


Section 2:


DPP Key Responsibilities


Section 3:


The Challen
ges


Section 4:


Strategic Objectives 2008
-

2011


Section 5:


Function and Core Values


Section 6:

Pen pictures of Members and contact
details.



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CHAIRMAN’S FOREWORD

______________________________________________



As the current Chairman of North Down DP
P I am
delighted to present this strategic plan for the
reconstituted DPP for 2008
-
2011.


This document set outs how North Down DPP will
achieve it statutory responsibilities and objectives over
the next 3 years. The DPP intends to continue to move


.

forward and build upon the success achieved to date. We want to increase
the number of members of the community who are aware of the DPP, are
confident that it is addressing policing issues and are prepared to contact the
DPP. We also want to increase co
nfidence in the PSNI and encourage
everyone to report crime. It is important that we continue to enable the
community to have a real input into how their area is policed.


Since formation in March 2003, North Down has achieved some significant
succes
s. We have held over 32 meetings in public with just under 1000
people attending. At these meetings over 125 questions have been received
in writing and numerous more taken from the floor at meetings. We have
consulted with nearly 140 organisations to d
ate and in the last term of office
met with over 2000 individuals face to face.


This is a clear example of how local people can shape local policing and we
hope that with your support we can continue to move forward and promote
confidence in the DPP wit
hin the community.





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KEY DPP RESPONSIBILITIES

______________________________________________


North Down Borough Council is responsible for the establishment,
development and management of a District Policing Partnership (DPP) to:




bring policing closer
to the community,



give local people a say on local policing issues,



helping to make communities safer and



make policing more effective.


North Down DPP is made up of 10 local Councillors nominated by Council to
the DPP and 9 independent members of the

community appointed by the
Northern Ireland Policing Board. The overall membership of the DPP is
representative of the community of the district in terms of age, gender and
community background.


The role of North Down DPP is largely a consultative, expla
natory and
monitoring one. The DPP is unique in that in that it was established to give
local people a real input to local policing. The Partnership is representative
of the community, has a focus and is made up of local people and will make a
significan
t difference to policing in the community.



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North Down DPP has a number of statutory responsibilities to meet that are
set out in Schedule 3 Part III of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000. They
are to:



Provide views to the District Commander on any m
atter concerning the
policing of the district,



Monitor the performance of the local police in carrying out the local
policing plan,



Obtain the views of the public about matters concerning the policing of
the district,



Obtain the co
-
operation of the public
with the police in preventing
crime, and



Act as a general forum for discussion and consultation on matters
affecting the policing of the district.



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THE CHALLENGES


As we enter the third term of office and strategic planning period, many of the
concerns
and challenges within the Borough presented to the DPP remain.
North Down DPP has achieved some significant success in the previous 5
year period and it is essential to build upon the success achieved. With new
challenges comes new opportunities to promo
te and develop the role of
North Down DPP within the community.


The main issues and challenges for North Down DPP in the next term of
office include:




Promoting confidence in North Down DPP.



Promoting confidence in the PSNI and encourage people to report

crime



Engage with local communities in meaningful relationships



To enhance the role of the DPP in anticipation of the Review of Public
Administration.



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STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES 2008


2011

______________________________________________


North Down DPP has d
eveloped five overarching strategic objectives that will
allow it to address the strategic challenges for the period 2008


2011.


The five objectives have been developed to reflect the five legislative
responsibilities of the DPP. The objectives will be
progressed through
obtaining and using efficiently the resources identified to support the DPP in
performing its statutory role and function.


An operational Plan will be developed on an annual basis. It will include key
output areas, objectives and actio
ns/activities. It will be reflective of the
Northern Ireland Policing Board Effectiveness Framework and serve to
enhance the role of the DPP and build upon success achieved. Successful
completion of the Operational Plan will assist in the achievement of
the
strategic objectives.










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OBJECTIVE 1
-

CONSULTING THE COMMUNITY

______________________________________________

Over the next term of office North Down DPP aims to:
-


1.1

Ensure opportunities for local communities to have a say in local
policing prior
ities by publishing:



An Operational Plan outlining how the DPP plans to consult with
the public each year



An annual consultation report regarding the views of the public in
relation to policing in the district each year



The results of all public surveys an
d research within three months
of the results being available



Provide a summary of compliance with the statutory obligations
place on the DPP as a public authority.


1.2

To conduct a Borough wide public consultation survey bi
-
annually on
crime and policing whi
ch will include measurement of public satisfaction
of the DPP.


1.3

To increase the number of key community stakeholder groups that the
DPP consults with.


1.4

To increase the number of key community stakeholder groups from
minority communities that the DPP consu
lts with.


1.5

To increase the percentage of residents who have heard of the DPP,
who are confident that the DPP addresses local policing problems and
are prepared to contact their DPP.



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1.6

To promote effective networking and sharing of information between
the DP
P and local partnerships, community groups, and other agencies
in the Borough.


1.7

To submit an annual report to North Down Borough Council and the
Northern Ireland Policing Board on the operation of the DPP by 30
June each year, which will outline the work
, carried out by the DPP in
the previous year and Members Attendance.




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OBJECTIVE 2

IDENTIFYING LOCAL POLICING
PRIORITIES

______________________________________________

Over the next term of office North Down DPP aims to impact on local policing
prioritie
s by:
-


2.1

To identify and recommend to the District Commander the local policing
priorities through community consultation by 30 September each year
for consideration in the local policing plan and to the Policing Board for
consideration in the Northern Irel
and Policing Plan.


2.2

To engage with the District Commander from September each year to
reach agreement on local policing plan by 31 January each year


2.3

To provide feedback to the community including stakeholders by 30
April each year on the outcome of the DP
P’s negotiation on the local
policing plan.




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OBJECTIVE 3


MONITORING LOCAL POLICE
PERFORMANCE

______________________________________________

Over the next term of office North Down DPP aims to:
-


3.1

Monitor performance of the police and listen to and act on

feedback
from the community.


3.2

Report to the Northern Ireland Policing Board at 6 and 12 months on
DPP’s monitoring and assessment of performance against the local
policing plan and Northern Ireland Policing Plan including
Neighbourhood Policing Framework
and Seeing is believing meetings.


3.3

Report on all DPP meetings in public and public discussion forums and
publishing the report within 10 days of the report being ratified.


3.4

Hold four meetings in public when the District Commander will present
quarterly rep
orts outlining progress being made against the Local
Policing Plan and where Members of the DPP can question him on the
District Command Unit’s performance. Local people will be facilitated
to ask questions on issues or concerns relating to the policing o
f the
Borough at these meetings. These meetings will be held at various
locations across the Borough at various times, details being advertised
in the local press and other publicity means. Dates will be agreed in
advance and details circulated to the co
mmunity.




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3.5

To establish a baseline for public satisfaction with the format and
content of public meetings and measured through a DPP public
meeting questionnaire.


3.6

To increase attendance at meetings in public


3.7

Maintain at least 75% Members attendance at mee
tings and report this
annually in the DPP annual report



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OBJECTIVE 4


ENGAGING WITH THE
COMMUNITY TO GAIN THE CO
-
OPERATION OF
THE PUBLIC WITH THE POLICE IN PREVENTING
CRIME

______________________________________________

Over the next term of office North
Down DPP aims to:
-


4.1

To develop and publish an Operational Plan each year to promote
confidence in the DPP and build upon the success achieved.


4.2

Raise awareness of the DPP, promote confidence in the DPP and
PSNI and encourage people to report crime.


4.3

To
develop and implement a programme of engagement within the
community to gain the co
-
operation of the public with the police in
preventing crime and reporting annually on this area of work in the DPP
annual report.


4.4

Use a range local initiatives and strateg
ies to facilitate engagement and
promoting confidence in the DPP.


4.5

To work in partnership with the PSNI and other voluntary and statutory
agencies to inform people how to protect themselves and their property
and address issues of concern raised from the p
ublic consultation
survey.




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OBJECTIVE 5


ACTING AS A GENERAL FORUM
FOR DISCUSSION ON MATTERS CONCERNING
POLICING OF THE DISTRICT

______________________________________________

Over the next three years North Down DPP aims to:
-


5.1

Facilitate dialogue with t
he community on policing issues by utilising all
meetings in public as a general forum for discussion. At these
meetings, the DPP will facilitate discussions on how communities can
influence and engage with the local police to address the issues of
conc
ern within the Borough.


5.2

Hold at least two thematic meetings in public to discuss policing issues
identified through consultation and engagement with the community.


5.3

To annually develop, publish and monitor plans of actions arising from
public discussion f
orums and report annually on this area of work in the
DPP annual report.


5.4

To record and monitor issues raised and questions submitted to the
DPP about policing of the Borough so as to inform the DPPs
consultation process in relation to the Local and Northe
rn Ireland
Policing Plans.


5.5

Explore how DPP Members can maximise opportunity to inform the
community on the role and function of the DPP and to encourage
greater interest and participation by the public in improving community
safety and prevention of crim
e.



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FUNCTION AND CORE VALUES



The functions of a District Policing Partnership (DPP) are:


a)

to provide views to the District Commander for any police district which
is, or is included in, the district and to the Board on any matter
concerning the policing o
f the district;

b)

to monitor the performance of the police in carrying out



(i)

the policing plan in relation to the district; and

(ii)

the local policing plan applying to the district or any part of the
district;

c)

to make arrangements for obtaining



(i)

the views of
the public about matters concerning the policing of
the district; and

(ii)

the co
-
operation of the public with the police in preventing
crime;

d)

to act as a general forum for discussion and consultation on matters
affecting the policing of the district; and

such

other functions as are
conferred on it by any other statutory provision.


(Part III, section 16 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act

2000).




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THE CORE VALUES OF NORTH DOWN DISTRICT
POLICING PARTNERSHIP (DPP) ARE




C
OMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT



working to dev
elop a range of methods to engage
and develop relationships with all sections of the community particularly hard
to reach and minority Section 75 groups. To promote confidence, interest and
support in the DPP.


P
ARTNERSHIP WORKING



actively engaging with
all relevant voluntary and
statutory organisations across North Down to address identified problems
effectively, promote safer communities and reduce crime across North Down.


I
MPROVING SERVICES



through constant interaction with the local community
and t
he PSNI, monitor, review and improve the services provided by both the
DPP and the PSNI.


I
NNOVATION



to build upon success achieved to date and seek new ways to
respond positively to the changing environment in which the DPP operate.
To work in partner
ship with the local community to develop creative and
innovative approaches to crime reduction and promoting safer communities.




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Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act (1998) requires the
North Down

DPP
in carrying out its functions, to have due regard t
o the need to promote
equality of opportunity:




Between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial
group, age, marital status or sexual orientation;



Between men and women generally;



Between persons with a disability and persons withou
t;



Between persons with dependents and persons without.


In addition, without prejudice to its obligation, the
North Down

DPP shall, in
carrying out its functions, have regard to the desirability of promoting good
relations between persons of different rel
igious belief, political opinion or
racial group.


Under the Freedom of Information Act all DPP’s including North Down DPP
must have a publication scheme that sets out the information available to be
made public. The Information Commissioner has approve
d the North Down
DPP scheme and this is regularly reviewed and updated.





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PEN PICTURES


MEMBERS

______________________________________________

Independent Members



Mr Varkey Abraham is a team leader from Bangor



Mrs Lorna Anderson is a full
-
time Mother

and Voluntary Worker from
Holywood and has been reappointed to serve a second term on North
Down DPP



Mrs Eileen Bell is a legislative advisor who lives in Bangor




Mrs Audrey Ferguson is current secretary of the World Wide Women
Group, an ethnic minority g
roup in North Down. She is also a volunteer
advisor in the CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau) and support worker with
Positive Futures, a charity organisation for people with a learning
disability. Mrs Ferguson g
raduated in July 2007 with a Bsc Hons
(social sc
iences) in Community Development



Ms Lynn Johnston is a Development Officer from Bangor and has been
reappointed to the DPP. Mrs Johnston has canvassed on behalf of the
Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and has also been a member of
the Central Party Exec
utive Committee.



Mrs Karen Keers is a student from Bangor



Mr Peter Lockhart is a Civil Servant from Bangor.



Mr Dave McCullough is an engineer from Bangor



Mrs Isabelle Weir is a teacher from Holywood



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Political Members




Alderman Mrs Ruby Cooling



DUP



Al
derman Mrs Ellie McKay



UUP



Alderman Marsden Fitzsimons


ALL



Councillor Alan Chambers



IND



Councillor Alexander Easton


DUP



Councillor Alan Graham



DUP



Councillor Ian Henry




UUP



Councillor Tony Hill




ALL



Councillor Mrs Marion Smith



UUP



Counci
llor Mrs Anne Wilson



ALL


Using statistics from the 2001 Census, and other data to ensure the DPPs
representative make
-
up, the North Down DPP as constituted will be
approximately 16% Roman Catholic and 84% non
-
Roman Catholic. The
2001 Census gives the
demographic profile of the Borough as 13.4% Roman
Catholic and 86.6% non
-
Roman Catholic.





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Contact Details



North Down DPP is committed to providing equal access of information to
everyone.


Information will be made available on request with appropriate

notice in
accessible formats including large print, audio cassette and in minority ethnic
languages. Should you require a summary of this document or any other
North Down DPP publication in another format, please contact:


Gillian Cassidy

North Down DPP
Manager

Town Hall

The Castle

Bangor

BT20 4BT


Tel:



028 91 278054

Text Phone:

028 91
274920

Fax:



028 91 271370

E: Mail:


dpp@northdown.gov.uk

Website:


www.districtpolicing.com/northdown





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