Public Consultation Report 2007-2008 - District Policing Partnerships

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NORTH DOWN

DISTRICT POLICING
PARTNERSHIP


PUBLIC CONSULTATION

2007
-
2008

2

INDEX




Table of Contents





2



Background






3





Borough Profile





7



NISRA Research





9

NISRA Results






11

NISRA North Down Specific Questions


17



Secondary Con
sultation




19

All of North Down





21

Abbey Ward






24

Ballyholme & Groomsport Ward



25

Bangor West Ward





26

Holywood Ward






27

Older Persons






29

Younger Persons





30

Minority Section 75 Groups




31

Results table






33


Other considera
tions





34



Conclusions






35



Recommendations





37


Contact Information





38




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BACKGROUND


The North Down DPP was set up under the Policing (NI) Act 2000
and established by North Down Borough Council in March 2003.
This provided a unique oppor
tunity for local people to shape local
policing through a partnership between North Down Borough
Council and the local community, independent of the PSNI. The
Partnership receives 75% funding from the Northern Ireland
Policing Board and 25% from North Dow
n Borough Council. The
annual budget for North Down DPP in 2007
-
2008 was £177,608.
The budget for 2008
-
2009 is £154,392.


During 2007
-
2008 it was announced that North Down DPP was to
be reconstituted under provisions contained in the St Andrews
Agreeme
nt. As a result North Down Borough Council met and
agreed that the elected membership of the partnership would
remain the same for the reconstituted DPP. At the same time, the
Northern Ireland Policing Board began a competition process and
new independen
t Members were appointed to North Down DPP on
1
st

April 2008.


Therefore during the consultation period, membership changed.
At all times, North Down DPP had 19 Members.


Members from 1
st

October 2007 to 31
st

March 2008




Mrs Lorna Anderson is a full
-
time
Mother and Voluntary Worker
from Holywood and was reappointed to serve a second term on
North Down DPP



Mrs Ann Adams is a part time lecturer from Bangor and was
reappointed to serve a second term on North Down DPP



Mrs Audrey Ferguson is current secretary o
f the World Wide
Women Group, an ethnic minority group 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 sciences) 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
an
d has also been a member of the Central Party Executive
Committee.



Mr Peter Lockhart is a Civil Servant from Bangor.


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Mrs Valerie Miskimmon is a civil servant from Bangor and was
reappointed to serve a second term on North Down DPP



Mr Andrew Muir is a Manag
er for Translink from Bangor.
Andrew serviced as Co Chair of Belfast LGBT Resource Centre.
He has canvassed on behalf of the SDLP and has previously
served as Secretary of the SDLP Bangor Branch



Alderman Mrs Cooling



Alderman Fitzsimons



Alderman Mrs McK
ay



Councillor Chambers



Councillor Easton



Councillor Graham



Councillor Henry



Councillor Hill



Councillor Mrs Smith



Councillor Mrs Wilson


Membership from 1
st

April 2008 to 30
th

September 2008.




Mr Varkey Abraham is a team leader from Bangor



Mrs Lorna A
nderson 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 to AutismNI, Former
Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party and Former Speaker to the
N.
I Tranitional Assembly.



Mrs Audrey Ferguson is current Chair Person of the World Wide
Women Group, an ethnic minority group in North Down. She is
also a volunteer advisor in the CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau)
and support worker with Positive Futures, a char
ity organisation
for people with a learning disability. Mrs Ferguson g
raduated in
July 2007 with a Bsc Hons (social sciences) 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 Executive
Committee.



Mrs Karen Keers is a student from Bangor



Mr Peter Lockhart is a Civil Servant from Bangor.



Mr Dave McCullough is an eng
ineer from Bangor



Mrs Isabelle Weir is a teacher from Holywood



Alderman Mrs Ruby Cooling





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Alderman Mrs Ellie McKay






Alderman Marsden Fitzsimons





Councillor Alan Chambers






Councillor Alexander Easton





Councillor Alan Graham






Councillor Ian Hen
ry







Councillor Tony Hill







Councillor Mrs Marion Smith






Councillor Mrs Anne Wilson





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


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

DPP in carrying out its fu
nctions, to have due regard to 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 without;



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 bet
ween persons of different religious
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 Informa
tion
Commissioner has approved the North Down DPP scheme and
this is regularly reviewed and updated.




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North Down DPP has recognised both the challenges and the
importance of its roles and responsibilities in relation to the
Borough of North Down as

se
t out in S
chedule 3 Part III of the
Police (NI) Act 2000.
This legislation established the framework
for the activities undertaken by North Down DPP.
They are:



To provide views to the PSNI District Commander and
to the Policing Board on any matter con
cerning the
policing of the Borough;



To monitor the performance of the Police in carrying
out
-


a.

the annual plan as it relates to the Borough


b.

the local policing plan for the district;



To make arrangements for obtaining the views of the
public

about matters concerning
-




a

the policing of the district



b

the cooperation of the public with the Police in
preventing crime;



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


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BOROUGH P
ROFILE


The Borough of North Down is located on the southern shores of
Belfast Lough and situated 12 miles east of Belfast. It covers an
area of approximately 81 sq km and has a current population of
approximately 80,000.


The Borough encompasses the to
wns of Bangor and Holywood,
five villages
-

Conlig, Crawfordsburn, Groomsport, Helen’s Bay,
and Seahill and one hamlet at Six Road Ends. There are
approximately 30,000 homes and business premises.


The physical area of the PSNI Area Command Unit is divide
d into
three geographical areas each managed by an Inspector, who has
responsibility for policing within their sector. These are:




Bangor Inner Sector


the area of the town within the ring
road;



Bangor Outer Sector


that area outside the ring road
inclu
ding the villages of Conlig, Crawfordsburn, Helens Bay and

Groomsport;



Holywood Sector



the area from Tillysburn to Ballyrobert,
including Holywood Town, Seahill, Cultra and Craigantlet.


At the start of the financial year (2007/2008) the Area had the
f
ollowing Human Resources to deliver a policing service in the
North Down district.




Regular Police officers

91



Full time reserves

6



Support Staff

10



Part time officers

30




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To provide views to the PSNI District Commander and
to the


Policing Board on any matter concerning the policing of the


Borough;


During the consultation period. North Down DPP continued to use
the community sub group to co
-
ordinate the consultation process.
The previously adopted consultation strategy
was also used.


As in previous years, the consultation sub group were advised that
the results of the NISRA survey and secondary consultation
process would be used by the DPP and Area Commander in
preparation for the 2008/2009 North Down Policing Plan, f
or the
Northern Ireland Policing Plan for 2008/2009 and to facilitate
consultation planning for 2008
-
2009 by North Down DPP.


The Membership of that group was as follows:


Up to 1
st

April 2008



Alderman Mrs Cooling



Alderman Mrs McKay



Councillor Easton



Cou
ncillor Mrs Smith



Councillor Mrs Wilson



Mrs L Anderson (Vice Chair)



Mrs A Ferguson



Ms L Johnston



Mr P Lockhart



Mrs J Wilson


After 1
st

April 2008



Mr Varkey Abraham



Mrs Eileen Bell



Mrs Karen Keers



Mrs Isabelle Weir



Mrs Lorna Anderson



Councillor Henry



Coun
cillor Chambers



Alderman Fitzsimons



Councillor Hill



Councillor Graham




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NISRA RESEARCH


Information on respondents


The views of the community in policing were obtained through a
Borough wide community Survey carried out by NISRA (Northern
Ireland Statisti
cal Research Agency) in conjunction with the
Northern Ireland Policing Board in February 2008. Over 71,500
households were selected throughout Northern Ireland. In terms
of North Down 3,379 questionnaires were issued and 709
returned, resulting in a resp
onse rate of 21%. This was the
highest response rate in Northern Ireland and above the average
17%. However it was a reduction of the response rate of 27% in
2006 and 25% in 2004. According to the NI Census data, the
population for North Down in 2001 wa
s 76,323. Therefore the
respondents represented 0.9% of the population of North Down.


In terms of gender, the results of the NISRA survey showed an
under representation from females


Gender

Males

Females

NISRA Response

51%

43%

Census Data

48%

52%


In

relation to the breakdown of age it was noted that the results
reflected the breakdown of the Borough with an under
representation from the 16
-
24 age group.


Age

16
-
24

25
-
40

41
-
60

61+

NISRA Response

2%

16%

37%

45%

Census Data

11%

16%

36%

44%


In relati
on the community background of respondents there was an
under representation from both sections of the community.


Community
Background

Catholic

Protestant

Other
Religions
and
Philosophies

None

NISRA
Response

9%

73%

5%

8%

Census Data

12.6%

80.5%

0.5%

6.4
%



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It was noted that in 2008 a breakdown was included in the
Northern Ireland survey for each question in relation to the
ethnicity of the respondents however no further information was
provided in relation to North Down or any other minority groups
withi
n the 9 dimensions of Section 75.


A further analysis took place regarding the geography of the
responses and it was noted that 83% of the NISRA respondents
were from Bangor Inner and Bangor Outer and 17% from
Holywood. This was a slight increase from th
e 15.8% from the
census data.


Information on questions


The questions included within the survey were agreed by the
Northern Ireland Policing Board and the Northern Ireland Statistical
Research Agency. They were reflective of previous questions and
those

which would best obtain the opinion of the community. The
results of the questions would be used by the Northern Ireland
Policing Board to shape policing priorities in the Northern Ireland
Policing Plan and for District Policing Partnerships in the local

policing plans.


In relation to the questions asked in the survey, North Down DPP
was asked to include additional questions, specific to North Down.
A sub group was formed and consensus reached amongst the
Members as to the local questions. They were ch
osen in relation
to the previous questions and issues of crime and policing which
had generated debate amongst the community in the previous
period, namely:



Are you aware of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes operating
in your area?



Do you think that the use of
CCTV in Bangor and Holywood
Town Centres will reduce the level of crime and lead to a
feeling of greater safety amongst the public?



Have you heard of community restorative justice?



Do you support the concept of community restorative justice



What do you thi
nk contributes most to the problem of Anti
social behaviour in your area? (Underage drinking, hot food
takeaways, poor transport in the late evening, lack of
facilities for young people, licensed premises, other)



Have you experienced anti social behaviour

in the past year?



Did you report the incident?



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Results


The information provided on the opinions of the North Down
community was largely the same as the Northern Ireland wide
opinion. Statistics for both surveys are provided for comparative
purposes.


I
n terms of the single biggest problem within the North Down area,
21% of respondents indicated that they felt this was domestic
burglary a decrease on the 24% in 2006 and the 28% expressed in
2004. Domestic burglary was also the greatest concern across
No
rthern Ireland with a slightly lower figure of 16%.


The second biggest problem was young people causing
annoyance at 13%. This was in contrast to 2006 and 2004 in
which the second biggest concern was assaults. In North Down
assaults was the fifth bigges
t concern beside drug dealing and
speeding. Northern Ireland wide the second biggest concern was
also young people causing annoyance.


The third highest concern was dangerous and careless driving and
underage drinking with 8% each. Again this is the sam
e priority
order as the Northern Ireland wide survey.


Biggest Problems




North
Down

Northern
Ireland

First Mention

1.

Domestic Burglary

21%

16%


2.

Young people causing a
nuisance

13%

12%


T3.

Dangerous Driving

8%

10%


T3.

Underage Drinking

8%

9%







All Mentions

1.

Underage Drinking

51%

49%


T2.

Domestic Burglary

50%

40%


T2.

Young people causing a
nuisance

50%

48%


The priorities were the same for all 3 sector areas of North Down.


The question was put in terms of which activity did membe
rs of the
Community think that the Police within the Borough of North Down
should be concentrating most resources on.


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36% of respondents indicated that they felt that resources should
be concentrated on beat/foot patrolling; an assumption is made
that it
would be considered that more should be provided within the
area. This was a reduction on the 2006 & 2004 figure of 42%.
The Northern Ireland average also highlighted the same priority
with a slightly reduced figure of 33%. The second largest concern
o
f 22% for local PSNI resources in North Down was that of a
prompt response to emergencies. This was an increase on the
2006 figure of 18%.


Finally 16% of respondents highlighted crime prevention as a
priority, an increase on the 2006 figures by 2%.


T
he priorities were the same for all sectors, ages and gender.


Concentrate Resources





North
Down

Northern
Ireland

First Mention

1.

Beat Patrol

36%

33%


2.

Prompt Response

22%

21%


3.

Crime Prevention

16%

15%






All Mentions

1.

Beat Patrol

74%

68
%


2.

Prompt Response

72%

70%


3.

Crime Prevention

60%

59%



When asked how they rated the overall level of crime in their area
in comparison to the previous year, 46% felt it was the same, 13%
more of a problem, 9 % less of a problem and 23% didn’t kno
w.
The figures were comparable across sectors, gender and
community background. Across Northern Ireland, 44% felt it was
the same, 17% more of a problem and 9% less of a problem with
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st

didn’t know. No figures are available from 2006 or 2004 to
measu
re this at a North Down level.


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North
Down

Northern
Ireland


Overall crime

13%

17%

Worse


9%

9%

Better


46%

44%

Same





Burglary

15%

19%

Worse


11%

11%

Better


39%

37%

Same





Speeding

29%

34%

Worse


11%

10%

Better


39%

35%

Same





Und
erage Drinking

43%

46%

Worse


4%

3%

Better


32%

29%

Same





Vandalism

31%

35%

Worse


7%

6%

Better


39%

37%

Same





Young people causing nuisance

36%

39%

Worse


8%

7%

Better


36%

34%

Same







Those who responded where then asked what activit
ies they felt
would reduce crime in their area. The majority wanted to see an
increased Police presence. There was a slight variation in the
Holywood area of which 63% requested an increased Police
presence followed by 14% requesting an increase in the
c
ommunity working with local Police to help reduce crime and then
joint neighbourhood watch and more facilities for young people.


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Activities to reduce crime




North
Down

Northern
Ireland

First
Mention

1.

Increased Police Presence

61%

52%


2.

More facil
ities for young
people

15%

19%


3.

Neighbourhood Watch

11%

12%






All Mentions

1.

Increased Police Presence

86%

81%


2.

Working with Local Police

55%

59%


3.

Neighbourhood Watch

50%

49%



In terms of satisfaction levels with policing within the Bor
ough of
North Down, 30% of respondents were satisfied. This was a
reduction from North Down 2006 figure of 31% and the Northern
Ireland figure for 2008 of 31%. However within North Down 44%
were neither satisfied or dissatisfied and 22% dissatisfied.


The same question was asked of foot patrols and vehicle patrols
with the following results.





North
Down

Northern
Ireland

Overall

1.

Satisfied

30%

31%


2.

Neither

44%

39%


3.

Dissatisfied

22%

27%






Foot Patrols

1.

Satisfied

13%

13%


2.

Neither

3
2%

28%


3.

Dissatisfied

50%

53%






Vehicle
Patrols

1.

Satisfied

18%

20%

2.

Neither

37%

31%


3.

Dissatisfied

34%

38%


In relation to foot patrols, 15% were satisfied in 2006 and 10%
satisfied in 2004. In relation to vehicle patrols, 20% were satis
fied
in 2006 and 2004.




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When analysing the satisfaction levels across sectors the most
respondents satisfied were from Holywood with 33% and the least
from Inner Bangor with 28%.


When asked if respondents had any contact with local Police in the
previo
us year, 28% responded yes compared to 30% in 2006. The
Northern Ireland average was 28%. The majority were male, and
aged 25
-
40. Of those who responded yes, 51% were satisfied a
fall on the 2006 level of 63%. 30% were dissatisfied, compared to
21% in
2006.


Respondents were then asked if they knew the names of or
recognise Police officers in their area. 5% responded yes and
94% responded no. This was below the Northern Ireland average
where 8% knew their local officers and 90% responded no. The
an
alysis was the same for inner and outer Bangor with Holywood
performing better with 8% indicating they knew who their local
officers were.


When asked if they would engage with the Police, 87% responded
positively. The Northern Ireland average was 80%. A
gain there
was a difference in sectors across North Down with 95% of
respondents from Holywood willing to engage with the Police
compared to 83% from Inner Bangor.


A further question was asked as to reasons people stop from
engaging with the Police. 20%

believe this was lack of confidence
in the Police followed by lack of Police response (14%), lack of
Police resources (13%) and the justice system being too lenient
(13%). 10% believed it was fear of reprisals. Similar results were
across Northern Irel
and with dislike/fear of the Police featuring.


With regard to District Policing Partnerships, 79% of respondents
indicated that they had heard of DPP’s an increase from 71% in
2006. The Northern Ireland average was a further increase from
2006 by 5% to 7
6%.


In response to the question how did you hear about DPP’s, 57% (a
fall from 61% in 2006) advised this was via TV and radio followed
by 53% (a fall from 54% in 2006) from newspapers. Northern
Ireland wide, 66% was from TV and radio and 55% from stories

in
Newspapers.



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In connection with satisfaction of local DPP’s, 11% felt their DPP
was doing a good job, a fall from 15% in 2006. However only 9%
felt it was not and 75% didn’t know. A disappointing 32% was
confident that the DPP was helping to address
local policing
problems, a decrease on 38% in 2006. 51% were not confident
that the DPP was helping to address local policing problems.
Although disappointing the figures were slightly better than the
Northern Ireland average with 31% confident and 55% n
ot
confident.


In response to the question of whether members of the public
knew how to contact their District Policing Partnership, only 22% of
those who responded knew how to contact their DPP, this was a
1% increase on the 2006 statistic and a 4% increa
se on the
Northern Ireland average of 18%


In response to the question of whether members of the public
would contact their District Policing Partnership, 54% of those who
responded would contact their DPP and only 10% stated no. This
is a further improvem
ent of 4% from 2006.


When asked if they knew who the members of their local District
Policing Partnership were, 86% of respondents indication no whilst
10% indicated that they did know. This was a slight variation on
the 2006 statistics which showed 86%
did not know and 14% did.

The Northern Ireland average was 12% did know and 85% did not
know who Members of the their DPP were.


In terms of feeling safe within the Community, 76% felt fairly or
very safe (75% in 2006) and 20% felt unsafe (25% in 2006). T
he
Northern Ireland average was 71% for safe and 25% for unsafe.
In terms of North Down, residents from Holywood felt the safest
with 81% and residents from Bangor inner the least with 74%.
Males and those aged 41
-
60 felt less safe than their counterp
arts.


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North Down Specific Questions


The 2008 NISRA survey contained 25 core questions relating to
crime and policing and North Down DPP included questions
specific to North Down.


Those questioned were asked as to their awareness of
neighbourhood watch
operating within their area. Of those who
responded 12% were aware of neighbourhood watch schemes an
improvement on the 11% in 2006.


When asked do you think that the use of CCTV Camera in Bangor
and Holywood town centre will reduce the level of crime and

lead
to the feeling of greater safety amongst the public, 71% responded
yes (a fall from 81% in 2006 and 90% in 2004 ). When this figure
was broken down into sectors, 73% of respondents from Holywood
agreed that it would reduce the level of crime. The h
ighest
proportion was from those aged 61+.


In response to the question, have you heard of Community
Restorative Justice, 35% responded yes and 60% no, an increase
on 30% and 66% respectively from 2006 and 22% and 76% in
2004.


When asked do you suppor
t the concept of Community
Restorative Justice 39% did not support the scheme compared to
41% in 2006 and 68% in 2004. 54% did support the scheme
compared to 53% in 2006 and 27% in 2004.


The question was asked what the community believed contributed
most

to anti social behaviour. 56% attributed this to underage
drinking, 18% to lack of facilities for young people and 13% to lack
of Police action. 64% of those aged 61+ believed underage
drinking was the main contributor whilst 28% of those aged 25
-
40
b
elieved it to be lack of facilities. The results were comparable
across sector and community background.


First Mention

1.

Underage Drinking

56%


2.

Lack of Facilities

18%


3.

Lack of Police Action

13%


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All Mentions

1.

Underage Drinking

87%


2
.

Lack of Police Actions

56%


3.

Lack of facilities

51%






Those who responded where then asked if they has experienced
anti social behaviour. 39% responded yes and 56% responded
no. Those worst affected appeared to be those aged 25
-
40 from
Inner
Bangor.


When asked if the incident was reported 61% responded no and
37% responded yes. The group least likely to report an incident
were those aged 41
-
60 from outer Bangor.


In conclusion the statistical research undertaken by the Northern
Ireland S
tatistical Research Agency found that the top priorities of
all mentions of the residents of North Down were:


1.

Underage Drinking

T2.

Domestic burglary

T2.

Young people causing annoyance

4

Vandalism

5

Speeding


This research represented 0.9% of the community

and there was
under representation from women, the 16
-
25 age groups and no
breakdown provided of the 9 dimensions of section 75.





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SECONDARY CONSULTATION


Through analysis of the NISRA data a number of areas were
identified which required further co
nsultation to ensure to the
results were reflective of the entire Borough, specifically




Women



16
-
24 age group



Representatives from the 9 dimension of Section 75.


North Down DPP also undertook to consult with as many members
of the community as possible i
n accordance with its consultation
strategy.


As part of its secondary consultation process correspondence was
issued to over 800 organisations held on a DPP database.
Community groups and organisations were asked to contact the
DPP Manager if they wished

to discuss their concerns on crime
and policing in North Down. A large number of responses were
received and a number of subsequent meetings held.


All of North Down


Soroptomists International

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Civil Service Retirement
Fellowship

Simon Community

Institute of Advanced Motorists

North Down Sports Advisory Committee

Bangor Road Safety Committee

Homestart

Support Awareness Drugs Initiative (SADI)

Bangor Art Club

Bloomfield Shopping Centre

Lady Hermon

Probation Board












Abbey area

Feherty Travel

Bloomfield Community Association



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Ballyholme & Groomsport area

Evergreen Club

Ballyholme Parish Mothers Union

Ballyholme Residents

Ballyholme Probus


Bango
r West area

Helens Bay Neighbourhood Watch & Residents Association

Craigdarragh Neighbourhood Watch Co
-
Ordinator

Bangor West Probus

Kilcooley Survey including Keep Safe


Holywood area

Holywood Women’s Institute

Recon Group

Habinteg

Public Discussion Forum
in Redburn and Loughview

First Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church


Older Persons

Thursday Club

Chest Heart & Stroke Association


Younger Persons

Barnardos

St Andrews Boys Brigade

Bangor Academy and Sixth Form College


Persons with a Disability

Bangor Deaf

Club

Carers Forum

AMH Promote Action

Omnibus Group


Persons of different Ethnic Origin

Bangor Malaylee Association

Public Discussion Forum on Diversity


Persons of different Sexual Orientation

GLAD


In total North Down DPP undertook secondary consultation

with
nearly 700 members of the community in North Down through over
40 organisations.


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A brief synopsis of each meeting is listed below.


All of North Down


Soroptomists International


A meeting was organised and facilitated by Mrs V Miskimmon & A
Adams.

This sought to address the under representation from
women from the statistical research. The biggest policing problem
in North Down was drug use/underage drinking, it was expressed
that they would like to see more Police foot patrolling. Overall the
m
embers were satisfied with policing in North Down.


Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE)


Following a meeting with the NIHE, concerns were expressed that
the PSNI at times did not attend the surgeries and this did little to
reassure the community as
to Police involvement within certain
areas. It was highlighted that these surgeries were useful and
Police should attend. There was an agreement that the
relationship between North Down Borough Council, PSNI and the
Housing Executive regarding anti socia
l behaviour was excellent.


Civil Service Retirement Fellowship


A meeting took place in October with approximately 22 members
of the retirement fellowship. Concern was expressed from
participants in relation to public drunkenness and foul language
being
used. One representative had reported poor communication
from the PSNI when they had experienced with youths causing
annoyance.


Simon Community


A meeting took place with representatives of the Simon
Community. Discussion took place in terms of penaltie
s and
representatives felt that there was a lack of consistency with
sentencing. In terms of policing it was felt that Police resources
were required to deal with assaults, burglaries, car thefts,
paedophiles and child abuse. The opinion was voiced that

undue
attention was given to residents of the Simon Community. In
addition it was felt that more problems/incidents were caused by
alcohol rather than drugs.


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Institute of Advanced Motorists


A meeting was held with 27 representatives from the Institute
of
Advanced Motorists regarding crime and policing.
Representatives felt that increased Police beat patrols were
required. One representative referred to Bangor High Street and
stated that there was a high Police presence on Saturdays
evenings and expres
sed concerns that incidents continued to
occur. Another representative expressed concern at the growing
amount of un
-
registered and un
-
insured vehicles in the area.


North Down Sports Advisory Committee


Following a meeting with approximately 50 members o
f North
Down Sports Advisory Committee concern was voiced as to the
dangers faced by cyclists from inconsiderate motorists. It was also
discussed that further communication was requested with local
Police in terms of facilitating races.


Bangor Road Safet
y Committee


A meeting was held with 20 Members of Bangor Road Safety
Committee. Concern was voiced as to roads policing and in
particular a perceived lack of deployment of the safety camera on
B roads. There was a call for reduced speed limits in reside
ntial
areas and increased signage. In terms of other concerns assaults
and the evening economy were highlighted.


Homestart


Concern was voiced by members of Homestart regarding youths
causing annoyance and theft. Representatives in attendance
stated tha
t they felt that Bangor town centre was unsafe after 9pm
and would not allow their teenage children to walk home for fear of
crimes and fears over their personal safety.


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Support Awareness Drugs Initiative
-

SADI


Members of SADI confirmed that a good re
lationship existed with
local Police. In terms of policing priorities, drugs were considered
the most significant issue and discussion took place as to how this
related to domestic burglary, theft, assaults etc.


Bangor Art Club


A meeting was held with m
embers of Bangor Art Club to discuss
crime and policing. Concern related primarily to youths causing
annoyance. Examples were provided of the problems and it was
linked to underage drinking and drinking in public. A number of
representatives stated that

they did not report incidents of crime
when they occurred as it was felt that there would be no Police
action and the response times were often too slow.


Bloomfield Shopping Centre


A meeting was held with the centre manager of Bloomfield
Shopping Centre

regarding crime and policing. Concern was
raised in relation to response times, lack of flexibility and excess
use of resources. Discussion took place to a nightly problem of
people using the car park in an anti social manner.


Lady Hermon


A meeting wa
s held with Lady Hermon in April 2008. She voiced
concerns at increasing levels of anti social behaviour and was of
the opinion that there was a lack of visible Police presence across
North Down. Another area of concern involved assaults.



Probation Boa
rd for Northern Ireland


A meeting was held with representatives from the Probation Board
for Northern Ireland. Relationships with PSNI and Public
Protection Teams were considered positive and examples
provided of multi agency partnerships. Concern was
expressed at
reducing resources for the PSNI.


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Abbey Area


Feherty Travel


A meeting took place with a representative from Feherty Travel in
April 2008. Concerns were voiced at a lack of Police resources.
An example was provided on an incident a number
of years
previous and a poor response to the incident. The opinion was
voiced that if an officer had taken time to speak directly to the
representative then it would have provided some reassurance or a
different perspective to the situation. A few incide
nces of criminal
damage were reported and concern was voiced at violent assaults
on a Friday and Saturday evening in Bangor Town Centre.


Bloomfield Community Association


In June 2008 Members of North Down DPP met with 4 members of
the Bloomfield Resident
s Association. Discussion took place
about drinking in public, under age drinking and youths causing
annoyance. Members also expressed disappointment about the
lack of feedback from the PSNI.


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Ballyholme & Groomsport Area


Evergreen Club


Members of Nor
th Down DPP met with approximately 18 Members
of the Evergreen Club. In terms of policing priorities a discussion
took place as to a lack of resources and a request was made for
extra officers. Concern was voiced at the PSNI telephone number
and what numb
ers should be used in different circumstances.
Concern was also raised about traffic, youths causing annoyance
and an increase in criminal damage.


Ballyholme Parish Mothers Union


A representative of the Ballyholme Parish Mothers Union
expressed concerns

regarding the traffic on the outer ring and dual
carriageway surrounding Bangor, they also expressed concern on
the lack of pedestrian crossings and the speed of the traffic. In
reference to speed bumps in the Ballyholme area, these were
welcomed and com
ments made about how successful they had
been in reducing the speed of the traffic.


Ballyholme Residents


A meeting was held with residents of Ballyholme. When asked as
to policing priorities there was an discussion about traffic issues in
the Ballyholme

Area, it was reported that people were parking on
the pavements obstructing mothers with prams and visibility at the
corners of junctions. The second concern related to youths
causing annoyance and underage drinking. Discussion also took
place as to pae
dophiles.


Ballyholme Probus


In April 2008 North Down DPP and members from Ballyholme
Probus Club met to discuss crime and policing. Concerns were
voiced about roads policing, members felt that Traffic Attendants
were not patrolling the problem areas. M
embers of Ballyholme
also expressed concern at the use of mobile phones and speeding
on the ring road and roads in Ballyholme. Discussion also took
place on anti social behaviour and youths causing annoyance.



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Bangor West Area


Helens Bay Neighbourhood
Watch & Residents Association


In November 2007 North Down DPP met with Members of Helens
Bay Neighbourhood Watch & Residents Association. In terms of
relationships with local PSNI officers, the local Community Beat
Officer was commended for his work in t
he area. A discussion
took place regarding youths causing annoyance, criminal damage
and underage drinking. Information was also provided in relation
to a domestic burglary and lack of followup with the victim.


Craigdarragh Neighbourhood Watch Co
-
Ordina
tor


A meeting was held with a Neighbourhood Watch Co
-
Ordinator in
April 2008. Discussion took place as to speeding on the
Craigdarragh Road and the Co
-
Ordinator expressed concern for
the safety of children. In terms of relationships with local PSNI
offi
cers, this was considered excellent. Anti Social Behaviour and
nuisance neighbours were also discussed.


Bangor West Probus


A meeting took place in April 2008 with approximately 20 members
of the Bangor West Probus Club. Concern was voiced at the
crimin
al justice system and the focus on the perpetrator. In terms
of relationships with the local PSNI, frustration was voiced at lack
of followup. Those in attendance then discussed a perceived lack
of interest and lack of communication from the local PSNI.



Kilcooley Survey including Keep Safe


A questionnaire was issued to 1200 household in Kilcooley. 141
were returned and of those returned the top priorities were drug
dealing, youths causing annoyance, flags and emblems and
paramilitary activity. 88%
of people surveyed welcomed the Keep
Safe Initiative and 96% of people surveyed would like to see it
rolled out across North Down. 71% of people had heard of the
DPP and 42% of people surveyed were prepared to contact North
Down DPP regarding local polici
ng.


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Holywood Area


Holywood Women’s Institute


A meeting took place in October 2007 with Holywood Women’s
Institute to discuss crime and policing. Again this sought to
address an under representation in the statistical research. When
asked as to polici
ng priorities anti social behaviour, drugs and
criminal damage were highlighted as concerns. Discussion took
place as to domestic burglary. Concerns were also voiced as to
the opening times of Holywood Station.


Recon Group


Members of North Down DPP met

with 4 members of the Recon
Group in March 2008. A representative expressed concerns
regarding a lack of Police presence around the Strand Avenue of
Holywood and incidents of domestic burglary and theft was
highlighted. The opinion was voiced that the c
losure of Holywood
Station in the evenings had resulted in slower response times.


Habinteg


A meeting was held in April 2008 with a representative from
Habinteg, concern was voiced at sex offenders residing in
residential areas. Further information and r
eassurance from the
PSNI was requested. Discussion also took place as to anti social
behaviour, criminal damage and public drunkenness. In terms of
Police resources an example was provided of an individual who
had breached a non
-
molestation order and con
cern at the time
taken for the PSNI to arrive from Bangor. In terms of relationships
with local PSNI, there was no knowledge of local community
Police.


Public Discussion Forum in Redburn and Loughview


A public discussion forum was held in the Redburn an
d Loughview
Area themed towards drugs. Guest speakers were invited who
provided information on Police operations across North Down in
relation to Drugs. Approximately 28 Members of the local
community attended and questions were asked of the Police in
r
elation to drugs, anti social behaviour and the opening times of

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Holywood PSNI station. Further concerns related to underage
drinking and criminal damage


First Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church


A meeting was held with 5 representatives from the
First
Non
Subscribing Presbyterian Church. Discussion took place about a
persistent problem of anti social behaviour in the form of underage
drinking, youths causing annoyance and criminal damage.


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Older Persons


Thursday Club


A meeting was held with approx
imately 50 Members of the
Thursday Club in January 2008 to discuss crime and policing.
When asked as to the top policing priority the opinion was voiced
that domestic burglary required more attention. Discussion also
took place as to youths causing annoy
ance, traffic management in
the Town Centre and the lack of parking spaces for “blue badge
holders”.


Chest Heart & Stroke Association


Members of North Down DPP met with approximately 35 members
of the Chest Heart and Stroke Association in May 2008. The
top
priority was youths causing annoyance. The subject of CCTV was
raised and members were enquiring if it had made a difference in
Bangor Town Centre. Concern was raised that they did not know
the Neighbourhood Police Officers.


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Younger Persons


Consul
tation was undertaken with a number of youth groups and
those representing youth groups to address the under
representation from the statistical research.


Barnardos


A meeting was held with a representative from Barnados in
October 2007. Communication wa
s viewed as positive and
excellent working relationships existed between representatives of
Barnados and the PSNI. Discussion took place as to sexual
exploitation. It was expressed that some officers in North Down
should have more up to date training whe
n dealing with sexual
exploitation issues.


St Andrews Boys Brigade


A meeting was held in October 2007 with approximately 30
members and 3 leaders of the Boys Brigade. The participants
were aged from 8


20 and they were from all areas of North
Down. Co
ncerns were raised in relation to criminal damage and
anti social behaviour and the opinion was voiced that the PSNI
were not patrolling the right areas. A leader of the boys brigade
felt that the church was considered vulnerable to vandalism and
both the

church and church hall on Clandeboye Road had been
damaged on a number of occasions.


Bangor Academy


Correspondence was received by the DPP regarding Traffic issues
in respect of ASDA car park , the headmaster feared for the safety
of the pupils who used

the nearby park when entering and leaving
school. He expressed the opinion that the Police could be more
responsive.


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Persons with a disability


Consultation was undertaken with a number of the monitory
Section 75 Groups to address the lack of data from

the statistical
research.


Bangor Deaf Club


A meeting was held with the Bangor Deaf Club in October 2007 to
discuss crime and policing. Concerns were voiced in relation to a
lack of knowledge of the PSNI Emergency Text Number for those
who were deaf or
hard of hearing. There was further lack of
knowledge as to the text number within Bangor Station and it was
recommended that the BSL poster be placed in the enquiry office.
In terms of relationships with local officers there was a request for
local offic
ers to receive training in deaf awareness, and attend a
future meeting of Bangor Deaf Club. In terms of policing priorities
domestic burglary, theft and robbery were highlighted as a
concern. Concern was also voiced at response times to non
emergency cal
ls.


Carers Forum


Members of North Down DPP met with representatives from the
Carers forum. Discussion took place as to underage drinking, anti
social behaviour and vandalism. Other concerns related to theft,
hate crime and drugs. A high fear of crim
e existed. An increased
Police presence was requested and examples of best practice
highlighted.


AMH


Promote Action


Members of North Down DPP met with members of Promote
Action in April 2008. Discussion took place as to anti social
behaviour and yo
uths causing annoyance and in particular verbal
abuse, bullying and hate incidents. In terms of relationships with
Police, the work of Constable Ken Butler was commended.
Concern was voiced at the speed of the traffic on roads and it was
stated that ther
e was a lack of Police presence.


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Omnibus Group


A meeting was held with members of the Omnibus Partnership in
June 2008. A discussion took place on the concern of response
times to non emergency calls and accessibility to wheelchair users
into the Bango
r Police Station.


Persons of different ethnic origin


Bangor Malaylee Association


A meeting was held with the Chairman of the Bangor Malayalee
Association In February 2008. Discussion took place as to
persons of different ethnic origin driving on the ro
ads with current
driving licences. In terms of policing priorities concern was raised
at the speed limits on the A2 Bangor to Belfast Road and opinion
voiced that one speed limit on the entire road would be beneficial
in that everyone would know what the
speed was and it would be
better for the environment.


Public Discussion Forum on Diversity


A public discussion forum was held in March 2008 in Conlig
Community Centre and themed towards Diversity. Members of the
minority ethnic community were invited
and there were 45
members of the community attended. 9 questions were received
from the audience in relation to Hate crime and significant
discussion took place as to the need for more diversity. The
meeting was also attended by the Chief Constable and
Assistant
Chief Constable.


Persons of different Sexual Orientation


Glad


A meeting between North Down DPP representatives and
approximately 14 members of GLAD was held in August 2008.
Hate Crime was highlighted as a priority. The opinion was voiced
that

there were no positive examples of Police work in the district
in relation to Hate Crime. Other concerns related to anti social
behaviour, criminal damage and underage drinking.



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UnderAge
Drinking

Antisocial
Behaviour

Roads
Policing

Youths
Causing
Ann
oyance

Domestic
Burglary

Drug Use

Hate Crime

Assaults

Criminal
Damage

Soroptomists International












NI Housing Executive












Civil Service Retirement Fellowship












Simon Community












Institute of Advanced Motorists












North Down Sports Advisory Committee











Bangor Road Safety Committee












Homestart












SADI













Bangor Art Club













Bloomfield Shopping Centre












Lady Hermon












Probation Board












Feherty Travel











Bloomfield Community Association












Evergreen Club













Ballyholme Parish Mothers Union












Ballyhome Residents













Ballyholme Probus













Helens Bay Neighbourhood Watch and
Residents Asso
ciation













Neighbourhood Watch Co
-
Ordinator












Bangor West Probus











Kilcooley inc KEEPSAFE












Holywood Women’s Institute













Recon Group











Habinteg













Public Discussion Forum in Redburn












Holywood 1
st

NS Presbyterian Church













Thursday Club













Chest Heart and Stroke












Barnardos











St Andrews Boys Brigade













Bangor Academy











Bangor Deaf Club











Carers Forum














AHM Promote Action














Omnibus Group











Bangor Malaylee Association











Public discussion forum on diversity











GLAD














TOTALS

12

12

11

18

6

5

5

14

9


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The number 1 Issue in North Down was youths causing
annoyanc
e followed by assaults and then underage drinking and
anti social behaviour.


OTHER CONSIDERATIONS



Questions received in Writing.

From 1
st

October 2007, to 30
th

September 2008 8 written questions
were submitted to meetings in public of the North Down DPP
.
These questions were categorised as follows:




Roads policing



5



Anti social behaviour


3



Issues raised at meetings in public and public discussion forums

From 1
st

October 2007 to 30
th

September 2008 approximately 186
people attended 6 meetings in pub
lic. At every meeting members
of the public were provided with an information pack which
included feedback forms. 21 forms (19% response rate) were
returned with the following results




100% (21) found the meeting useful



90% (19) have a better understandi
ng of the DPP following
the meeting



85% (18) said they would be interested in attending future
meetings in public.


From the feedback forms we found that a letter inviting members
of the public to attend a meeting was the most effective invite and
the best

way to advertise future meetings in public.



A number of issues were raised during the meetings from
members of the public:


Roads Policing X 7

Anti Social Behaviour X 6

Youths Causing Annoyance X 3

Drugs X3

Domestic burglary X2

Criminal Damage X 1


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CO
NCLUSION


As a result of the consultation process there were a number of key
findings.


Statistical Research


The statistical research undertaken by the Northern Ireland
Statistical Research Agency found that the top priorities of all
mentions of the resid
ents of North Down were:


1.

Underage Drinking

T2.

Domestic burglary

T2.

Young people causing annoyance

4


Vandalism

5


Speeding


In terms of Police resources the following were identified:


1.

Beat /Foot patrolling

2.

Prompt response to emergencies

3.

Crime preventi
on

4.

Investigating crime

5.

Increased involvement with young people


This research represented 0.9% of the community and there was
under representation from women, the 16
-
25 age groups and no
breakdown provided of the 9 dimensions of section 75.


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North Down D
PP Secondary Consultation


The under representation from the 16
-
25 age group and lack of
knowledge of representation from the 9 dimensions of Section 75
was addressed through the secondary consultation process. North
Down DPP met with nearly 700 people a
nd over 40 organisations.


The secondary consultation process determined the key public
concerns as follows:


1.

Youths Causing Annoyance

2.

Assaults

3.

Anti Social Behaviour

4.

Underage Drinking

5.

Roads Policing

6.

Domestic Burglary

7.

Criminal damage /vandalism


In terms
of Police resources the following were requested:




Increased foot beat patrolling



Improved response times



More communication with victims of crime


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Policing Priorities for 2009/2010


On reflection of the comments received from NISRA, and the
secondary con
sultation undertaken by North Down DPP the
priority areas for the 2009/2010 North Down policing plan should
include:


1.

Anti social behaviour / youths causing annoyance / underage
drinking

2.

Domestic burglary

3.

Roads policing

4.

Assaults

5.

Criminal damage


In terms o
f resources it was agreed that North Down District
Command Unit resources should also focus on:




Beat /Foot patrolling



Prompt response to emergencies



Crime prevention



Investigating crime



Increased involvement with young pe
ople


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For further information on any aspect of North Down District
Policing Partnership, please visit:


www.districtpolicing.com/northdown or contact:



Name


Mrs Gillian McCready

Title



DPP Manager

Address


Town Hall




The Castle




Bangor




BT20 4
BT


Tel No


02891278054

Text Phone

02891274920

Fax No


02891275178

E Mail


dpp@northdown.gov.uk