Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Baggott upbeat as public confidence in PSNI rises

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott has said the latest quarterly update on perceptions of policing, justice and anti-social behaviour and the good work ongoing in communities is “heartening”.



His statement comes after the Department of Justice update revealed that public confidence in policing had increased slightly — to 79.5 % compared to 78.5 % in the previous year.

The proportion of people who believe police ‘do a good job’ in Northern Ireland has increased on last year too — from 66.8% to 70.4%.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott said: “I am heartened by this figure as I go to the Northern Ireland Policing Board monthly meeting.

“I am immensely proud of the service delivered by my colleagues at the heart of local communities as they work to keep people safe from serious harm and help to address the local concerns that can touch every one of us.

“This figure reflects the impact we are making in those communities.”

The update shows crime is down by 5.2 % this financial year.

The PSNI chief said: “But we are not complacent. While the number of burglaries has fallen across Northern Ireland (by 13.5%), the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads has reduced by 42 and the number of armed robberies of business properties has reduced by over 50%, we are still facing a series of challenges — a severe terrorist threat, financial pressure on our resourcing, working to increase our detection rates for domestic violence, sectarian crime and violent crime while continuing to strive to keep people safe through delivering personal, professional, protective policing.”

In North Down there was only one security situation in the period of April to August 2011 — where rounds of ammunition were found. In Newtownards there were two firearms found in the same period.

In the 2010/11 financial year there were three paramilitary style assaults in Newtownards, four in North Down and two guns were found.

There was one shooting incident in North Down and two bombing incidents in the same period in North Down.

Overall crime levels across Northern Ireland for the latest 12 months are lower than those for the previous 12 months — the trend since December 2010 has been a general upward one.

Crime increased between December 2010 (when 7,354 offences were recorded) and April 2011 (9,073 offences recorded).

While crime fell between April 2011 and June 2011 there was an increase in July 2011 to reach the highest monthly figure recorded in the last 11 months.

Crime fell again in August 2011 to a level of 8,687 — a fall of 614 or 6.6% on July 2011.

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