The views of local young people were at the forefront of a recent Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership meeting.
Its Policing Committee gathered in Ballymoney High School where PSNI Chief Inspector Ian Magee met with pupils.
Cynthia Currie, Principal of Ballymoney High School said: “I am delighted to host this opportunity for our pupils to engage with police officers and create a dialogue which will hopefully translate into local communities for the benefit of all.”
Commenting on the role of the Policing Committee, PCSP Chair, Alderman William King said: “Community engagement promotes confidence in policing and engagement with local young people is crucial in the identification of priorities and building relationships going forward.”
Chief Inspector Ian Magee said: “Young people are an important part of our community and their views on policing and how we engage with them really matter. It was great to be able to speak with so many students and hear about their experiences and ideas.
“It was also an opportunity for them to meet with officers from various departments within the service. We were delighted to have representation from our Dogs Unit, Crime Scene Investigators and Roads Policing to name a few.
“I know that the officers who attended found the event worthwhile. They welcomed the opportunity to listen to the conversations taking place and valued the chance to address a few myths and perceptions.”
The PCSP, which was established in June 2015, is facilitated by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. It’s overseen at a regional level by the Department of Justice and Northern Ireland Policing Board.
Membership of the PCSP includes elected members of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and publicly appointed members of the community, as well as statutory organisations that have a role in reducing crime and tackling anti-social behaviour.
The PCSP aims to deliver safer, shared and confident communities across the Borough. If you would like to know more, please contact 028 777 60304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org