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Policing and community safety partnership

  • What are PCSPs?

    Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) work to make communities safer, ensuring that the voices of local people are heard.

    In Belfast we have an overarching Policing and Community Safety Partnership and four District Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (North, South, East and West).

    Each partnership is made up of elected and independent members and representatives from the statutory sector.

    For minutes of PCSP and District PCSP meetings, contact us by email:

    We aim to build safer, shared and confident communities by:

    • engaging and consulting to help improve policing and community safety
    • working in partnership with local communities, partners and agencies
    • monitoring our performance and being transparent about what we have achieved, and
    • encouraging cooperation with, and inspiring confidence in the justice system and the police
  • Action Plan 2019 - 2020

    From December 2018 to February 2019, Belfast PCSP undertook a Strategic Assessment of Policing and Community Safety in Belfast. This exercise was undertaken to ensure that the priorities identified continue to reflect priority policing and community safety issues in the area and was informed by analysis of information provided by statutory partners, as well as the results of ongoing city wide engagement and consultation on policing and community safety across the council area.

    To ask for a copy of the Action Plan 2019 - 2020, please email

  • Strategic Direction Report

    Belfast City Council commissioned SJC consultancy to conduct a Strategic Assessment which informed the Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership's Strategic Direction and Action Plan 2019-2022.

    To receive a copy of this report, please email

  • Annual reports

    Current and previous annual reports are available. Please email for:

    • PCSP annual report
    • North Belfast DPCSP annual report
    • East Belfast DPCSP annual report
    • South Belfast DPCSP annual report
    • West Belfast DPCSP annual report
  • Equality schemes

    In October 2018, Belfast PCSPs approved their equality schemes. If you would like a copy, please email

  • Disability Action Plans

    Belfast PCSP and the north, south, east and west district PCSPs drafted Disability Action Plans for 2019-2024. To ask for a copy, please email


  • Events

    All PCSP events are in our events section.

  • Members

    The list of members was updated on 18 January 2021.

    Belfast PCSP

    Political members Independent members Designates
    Councillor Carl Whyte (Chair) John MacVicar (Vice chair) Chief Superintendent Simon Walls, PSNI
    Councillor  Nuala McAllister (North Chair) Michael Boyle Pauline Smart, EA
    Councillor John Gormley (South Chair) Mary Lambe Bryan Nelson H&SCT
    Councillor Geraldine McAteer (East Chair)  Michael Shields Jennifer Hawthorne, NIHE
    Councillor Nicola Verner (West Chair) Norma Shearer GC Davy Harinson, NIFRS
    Councillor Claire Canavan Paula Quigley Jill Grant, PBNI
    Councillor Michael Donnelly Vincent Mogey Patricia Muldoon YJA
    Councillor JJ Magee Gordie Walker  
    Councillor Brian Smyth    

    North Belfast DPCSP

    Political members Independent members  Designates
    Councillor Nuala McAllister (Chair) Bernard McClure (Vice chair) T/Chief Inspector Darren Fox, PSNI
    Councillor Fred Cobain Ciarán Shannon Mark McBride, EA
    Councillor JJ Magee Grace Peacock Gabi Mornhinweg, H&SCT
    Councillor Conor Maskey Ian McLaughlin Gerard Flynn, NIHE
    Councillor Mal O’Hara Thomas Cheevers SC Steve Abroi, NIFRS
    Councillor Dale Pankhurst   Emer Loughran/Colum Duffy, PBNI
        Dermot Magorrian, YJA

    South Belfast DPCSP

    Political members Independent members  Designates
    Councillor John Gormley (Chair) Richard Kennedy (Vice chair) Chief Inspector Gavin Kirkpatrick, PSNI
    Councillor Sarah Bunting Bob Stoker Paddy McKenna Gallagher, EA
    Councillor Aine Groogan Catherine Leonard Yvonne McKnight, H&SCT
    Councillor McDonough-Brown Raied Al-Wazzan Paul McCombe, NIHE
    Councillor Geraldine McAteer Thérése McCartney Ciaran Flynn, NIFRS
    Councillor Gary McKeown   Melissa Spence/Naomi Jackson, PBNI
        Declan Davey, YJA

    East Belfast DPCSP

    Political members Independent members  Designates
    Councillor Geraldine McAteer (Chair) Lisa McMaster (Vice chair) Chief Inspector Wendy Pollock, PSNI
    Alderman Sonia Copeland Gareth Wright Mark McBride, EA
    Alderman Tom Haire Janet Watson Sandra McCarry, H&SCT
    Councillor Carole Howard Amy Ashe Gary Ballantyne, NIHE
    Councillor John Kyle Pádraig O’Donnghaile Ciaran Flynn, NIFRS
    Alderman Tommy Sandford   Naomi Jackson/Carole Carville, PBNI
        Dermot Magorrian, YJA

    West Belfast DPCSP

     Political members  Independent members Designates
    Councillor Nicola Verner (Chair) Michael George (Vice chair) Chief Inspector Peter Brannigan, PSNI 
    Councillor Claire Canavan Ewan Suttie Pauline Smart, EA
    Councillor Matt Collins Aoife McCrory Paul O'Neil, H&SCT
    Councillor Micheal Donnelly Michael O'Hara Paddy Kelly, NIHE
    Councillor Brian Heading Paul McDonnell SC Steve Abrol, NIFRS
    Councillor Michelle Kelly  

    Natalie Christie, PBNI

        Harry Bradley, YJA
  • Neighbourhood watch

    Neighbourhood watch schemes are a great way for communities to keep their streets safer. There are just over 100 neighbourhood schemes running in Belfast, however, there are still many communities that could benefit from the scheme. If you're interested in joining an existing neighbourhood watch scheme, or setting up a new one for your local area, call us on 028 9027 0469 for advice.

  • Car simulator

    The 2 Fast 2 Soon car simulator is a Honda Type R and is used to educate young drivers and passengers about how speeding, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, and distractions can lead to road accidents. The vehicle can play a number of different scenarios and is fitted with modifications to allow the vehicle to give drivers and passengers the sensation of being involved in a crash. 

    The simulator has: 

    • integrated video screens allowing the operator to show different scenarios
    • adjustable real time hydraulic suspension providing the sensation of driving over different road surfaces
    • internal smoke machine producing harmless smoke
    • emergency services simulated lighting integrated sound system
    • rear monitoring screens for spectators to view accident.

    For more information or to ask to use the simulator, email us or call 028 9032 0202 extension 5405, or email the PSNI.

  • Partners and Communities Together (PACT)

    East Belfast District PCSP supports the administration of Partners and Communities Together (PACT). 

    Partners and Communities Together aim to: 

    • Identify, address, and resolve the causes of community problems and concerns in partnership with community groups, elected representatives, key stakeholders and the police through the use of collaborative problem solving and joint strategies.
    • Obtain the views and concerns of the community. 
    • Work together to deal with community issues.
    • Support existing community networks and neighbourhood watch schemes.
    • Give access to partner organisations including elected representatives, police, Belfast City Council, NI Housing Executive, Police and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs), Youth Justice Agency, and the Education Authority.
    • Provide regular updates on actions taken to address issues raised.

    There are three PACT in east Belfast, covering each of the three District Electoral Areas (DEAs). These are:

    • Lisnasharragh - Cregagh, Hillfoot, Merok, Orangefield, Ravenhill and Rosetta 
    • Titanic - Ballymacarrett, Beersbridge, Bloomfield, Connswater, Sydenham and Woodstock
    • Ormiston - Belmont, Garnerville, Gilnahirk, Knock, Sandown, Shandon and Stormont
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