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Partnerships central to building safer, shared and confident communities – Ford 

Stormont Executive press release - Department of Justice

Justice Minister David Ford has praised the work of Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) across Northern Ireland.

The Minister was speaking at an event in Belfast City Hall hosted by Belfast PCSP at which more than 200 young people were invited to discuss issues important to them with police and local councillors.
 
Minister Ford said: “Partnerships are central to building safer, shared and confident communities. But they must be partnerships which go beyond the criminal justice system and government departments, and involve the voluntary and community sector, the private sector and individual communities themselves. It is therefore important that we give young people a voice. It is they who will help shape the work of PCSPs in the future and the communities which we live in. 
 
“Today’s event showcases how this is being delivered to good effect, not only in Belfast but across Northern Ireland. Ensuring a more joined-up approach to policing and community safety issues we can make a real difference on the ground and deliver local solutions to local problems.”
 
The Minister added: “By engaging positively with activities that address policing and community safety, our young people will become better informed about the justice system, the consequences of being involved in criminal activity and about the work of PSNI. With this knowledge they will be able to make informed choices on issues that will affect their lives in the years ahead.”

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