A number of strategic objectives have been established for PCSPs. These help ensure that the PCSPs are focusing on the issues that matter most within local communities.
Strategic Objective 1 – to successfully deliver the functions of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership for the area by:
- Engaging with local community and statutory groups to identify local concerns in relation to policing and community safety and to invite their contribution to prioritising and addressing those concerns;
- Preparing the PCSP’s plan and organising the work of the partnership to meet priority needs;
- Putting in place implementation structures and delivery mechanisms and facilitating resident focused participatory community safety structures that will contribute to a reduction in crime and the enhancement of policing and community safety in the Partnership’s area, directly through the collaborative working of the membership of the Partnership, through the work of its delivery groups or through working in partnership with, or supporting the work of, others;
- Increasing PCSP awareness with the public and key stakeholders by planning communications activity to more proactively inform and promote the work of the PCSPs.
Strategic Objective 2 – to improve community safety by tackling actual and perceived crime and anti-social behaviour through:
- Working in partnership with designated partners, local statutory bodies/agencies, the voluntary sector and the community to deal with, and reduce the impact of, actual and perceived anti-social behaviour and crime in the community;
- Ensuring that local statutory bodies and agencies deal with the anti-social behaviour and crime-related issues that matter in their area;
- Providing comprehensive community input into decision making processes about tackling actual and perceived anti-social behaviour and giving feedback on the effectiveness of interventions on meeting outcomes;
- Identifying and implementing, with support from the Department of Justice, ways to educate communities about the realities of anti-social behaviour and crime;
- Contributing to delivery of the Community Safety Strategy action plans, and initiatives that improve community safety; and
- Working in partnership with the police, local statutory bodies, agencies and the community to reduce the impact of anti-social behaviour and crime on the community.
Strategic Objective 3 – to support community confidence in policing through:
- Ensuring local accountability through the Policing Committee’s role in monitoring police performance
- Ensuring that policing delivery reflects the involvement, views and priorities of local communities;
- The inclusion of initiatives/projects in PCSP plans aimed directly at meeting the objectives of the Northern Ireland Policing Plan;
- Identifying priorities from the PCSP Plan for consideration in the development of the local Policing Plan which are consistent with the Northern Ireland Policing Plan;
- Improving policing service delivery in partnership with local communities to build and strengthen public confidence in policing;
- Supporting effective engagement with the police and the local community, with specific emphasis on engagement with children, young people, at risk communities and disadvantaged communities;
- Building community confidence in the rule of law and embedding a culture of lawfulness by supporting the locality based engagement that will emerge from local co-design in taking forward the Executive Action Plan as set out in Fresh Start and the Programme for Government.