Published: Thur, 15 Dec 2016
Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has launched a new phase of the Community Safety Wardens project.
Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) has launched a new phase of the Community Safety Wardens project.
The launch took place at a PCSP public meeting, on this occasion in Larne Town Hall, (7pm this evening).
PCSP Chair, Councillor Andrew Wilson said: “This scheme addresses key elements of the PCSP Action plan in delivering an additional community resource with the capacity to assist with low level crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Wardens have been able to detect and assist on a wide range of issues including youth issues, drugs abuse, general safety problems, graffiti, litter and dog fouling.
“The wardens are also addressing the fear of crime as a reassuring presence both in the community sector and the business sector.
“In addition, the PSNI find that the wardens are an invaluable resource to call upon, which frees their officers to deal with more serious crime,” Cllr Wilson added.
The Community Safety Wardens project is funded by the NI Housing Executive (NIHE) and the PCSP and is managed by Ballymena Retailers Against Crime (BRAC) who have already been running a similar scheme successfully in Ballymena
Mairead Myles Davey from the Housing Executive welcomed this joint venture: “The Community Safety Wardens have forged close links with the Housing Executive Neighbourhood Officers in all three areas in order to identify and resolve low level anti-social behaviour at the earliest possible opportunity. They also provide a reassuring and visible presence in the areas.”
The new scheme brings Larne and Carrickfergus into the area of operations for the wardens, alongside the existing service in Ballymena.
It is funded through a PCSP contribution of £30,000; £10,000 from Ballymena BID Co and £20,000 from the Housing Executive as well as a BRAC ‘in kind’ contribution of £2,000.
This evening’s launch was attended by uniformed Community Safety Wardens as well as a senior police officer, DCC Drew Harris and colleagues and the PCSP Vice Chair, Marjorie Hawkins.
Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris and officials from the NIHE and BRAC/Ballymena BID representatives also attended.
The provision of a dedicated Safety Warden in Ballymena Town Centre; Ballymena Rural/Urban area and the Carrickfergus/Larne Rural/Urban area is being seen as a major step forward for the Policing and Community Safety Partnership’s ongoing work.
BRAC has already extensive experience of managing the scheme since it began in Ballymena in 2012.
Their work as the scheme expands will include the tendering process for Wardens, day to day operational planning, budget control, Inter-agency liaison, risk assessing, monitoring and evaluation, invoice control and verification and liaison with personnel provider.
The PSNI involvement will be as a liaison partner in the overall management of scheme, attending meetings; maintaining contact between Wardens and officers to exchange information; ensuring requests to assist in anti-social behaviour incidents are forwarded and in assistance received in risk assessing patrols.
The meeting was told that the scheme has several stated objectives: to reduce incidents of Anti-social behaviour by 5%; ensure removal of graffiti within one week of reporting; to have litter and dumping issues dealt with within a working week; enhance public confidence in feeling safer, as per annual survey; to support local businesses in regard to crime and to have three inter agency meetings to discuss performance and progress.