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Have your say on policing: Smith

By Michael Bashford

The deadline for returning the Northern Ireland Policing Board’s public survey on policing is fast approaching.

The chair of North Down District Policing Partnership (DPP), Councillor Marion Smith, has urged everyone in the borough who receives the 2010 DPP Public Consultation Survey to complete and return it in order that they have their say on local policing.

The survey, which has been posted through 74,000 letterboxes, needs to be returned by March 12.

Councillor Smith said: “Policing is an important service and the public have the right to a good policing service when needed. The results of this survey, along with other consultation exercises, will help North Down DPP establish local policing priorities with the Area Commander and inform public opinion on police performance.”

Throughout the year North Down DPP consults the community in many different ways.

Councillor Marion Smith continued: “In addition to the findings of the board’s 21 Core Questions, more localised questions generated by North Down DPP are also included which, along with other consultation methods, will be used to ensure the local policing plan is developed to address community issues and help make communities across the area safer.”

The survey findings will be made available to North Down DPP at the end of June 2010 and published by the board during the summer.

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