PCSPs have a range of duties which are set in legislation:
- consult and engage with the local community on the issues of concern in relation to policing and community safety. Each PCSP has a Policing Committee with a distinct responsibility to provide views to the relevant district commander and the Policing Board on policing matters;
- identify and prioritise the particular issues of concern and prepare plans for how these can be tackled;
- monitor the performance of the police and work to gain the co-operation of the public with the police in preventing crime; and
- deliver a reduction in crime and enhance community safety in each district, directly through interventions, through the work of delivery groups or through support for the work of others.
PCSPs work with the community to identify issues of concern in the local area and prepare plans to deliver practical solutions.
They also work in partnership with other organisations which contribute to community safety in the area.
The Policing Board and the Department of Justice have set a number of strategic objectives for PCSPs to meet.