Reduction in level of crime across policing district, new figures show

Thursday, 27 July 2017

THERE'S been 145 fewer crimes within the Derry City and Strabane Policing District in the last three months, new statistics have shown.
The figure was disclosed at a meeting between Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership's (PCSP) Policing Committee and the District Commander on Monday.
During the meeting, the District Commander and his senior team, presented a report for the first three months of the new financial year (April to June).
Issues raised at the meeting by members included car crime, police resources and engagement with victims, anti-social behaviour, drugs availability, hate crime and recent attacks on young males by criminal gangs in the city.
PSNI Deputy Chief Constable, Drew Harris, also attended the meeting and updated members on current resourcing of the police and the impact of not having a functioning Assembly.
In a joint statement issued after Monday's meeting, Alderman Drew Thompson, PCSP chair and Una McCartney, vice-chair, welcomed the "positive and constructive" meeting.
"Officers advised us of progress against the targets set out in the Local Policing Plan for 2017/18. The members welcomed the overall 6.3 per cent reduction in crime in the council area over this period equating to 145 fewer victims of crime.
"Both members and PSNI acknowledged the positive partnership approach to tacking crime and increasing community safety in the district with PCSP, statutory partners, community groups and indeed the general public all contributing to this encouraging reduction.
"Behind these statistics are victims and we will continue to work with the police to ensure that their needs are met and that PSNI, locally, delivers positive outcomes for all our citizens. Partnership members reaffirmed their commitment to continue to support the police to tackle crime and also to monitor police performance in the coming year."
They added: "Overall, the District Commander's report for this quarter is positive but there is also a number of areas where we need to work to improve performance and members will continue to monitor these areas over the coming months.
"We would thank all the partners involved in making our communities safer places to live, work and visit and look forward to more positive outcomes in the coming months."


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