PCSPs comprise membership from a number of different groups. Depending on the area, they have:
- 8, 9 or 10 political members (Councillors) nominated by the district council;
- 7, 8 or 9 independent members appointed by the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB); and
- representatives from the following designated public bodies:
- Police Service of Northern Ireland
- Northern Ireland Housing Executive
- Probation Board for Northern Ireland
- Youth Justice Agency of Northern Ireland
- Health and Social Care Trusts
- Education Authority
- Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service
In line with Belfast City Council’s four policing districts, Belfast has four District Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (DPCSPs). These DPCSPs have:
- 6 political members (Councillors) nominated by Belfast City Council;
- 5 independent members appointed by the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB).
Each PCSP has a Policing Committee made up of political and independent members which carries out a distinct role in relation to policing functions.
Partnerships are also able to establish delivery committees to take forward work in the community and any other pieces of work they may need, and are able to form links with other groups who may have an interest in policing or community safety.