Laganbank Sinn Fein councillor Deirdre Hargey has this month taken up the position of chairperson of the South Belfast District Policing Partnership (DPP).
Cllr Hargey said: “As a Sinn Fein representative, I believe that policing with the community needs to be the core function of any civic policing service, and my aim as chairperson of the South Belfast District Policing Partnership is to see that this happens.”
She added she wanted to see an “impartial and effective civic policing service” meeting the whole community’s needs.
“I want to see increased co-ordination and the development of a multi-agency approach working closely with the local community to address these problems once and for all,” she said.
“Community police should be utilised where intended and not redeployed to other duties. More intensive community policing with increased patrols are required to target street drinkers, vandalism and drug dealers. There is also still work to be done on demilitarising the PSNI.
“The PSNI are overstaffed, as statistics prove. There are more police per head of population in the north than in any policing region within Britain or Ireland. If shift patterns were reviewed and bureaucracy curtailed, then personnel could be used to better effect.”