PCSPs have a range of duties which are set in legislation:
- Consult & Engage with their local community on issues of concern in relation to policing and community safety. Each PCSP has a Policing Committee responsible for providing community views to the relevant district commander and the Policing Board on policing matters;
- Identify & Prioritise issues and prepare plans for how these can be tackled at a community level;
- 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.