Launch of BCRC Community Safety Research

18th April 2012

A New Era of Community Safety?

New research on community safety examines developments since the Patten report of 1999 which set out a new vision for policing as part of the peace process and assesses the challenges ahead for the new Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs).

The research was commissioned by the Belfast Conflict Resolution Consortium (BCRC) and launched on Wednesday 18th April in Belfast City Hall at 10am with introductions from BCRC steering committee representatives and a presentation of the research findings from Dr Jonny Byrne and Dr John Topping of the University of Ulster. The research put forward a new typology that shows the extent of the contribution made by community organisations and activists in seven categories i.e. community advocacy, education and intervention, emergency response, partnerships, prevention, mediation and restorative justice.

The research is entitled Community Safety: A Decade of Development, Delivery, Challenge and Change in Northern Ireland and the full report as well as the Executive Summary are available on the BCRC website (see Publications)

Winston Irvine from BCRC said “Our work with interface communities shows that community safety and policing are among the biggest issues for residents. There are lessons to be learned from the last decade and if these are taken on board the new PCSPs could improve the quality of life for people living in interface communities.”

Frankie Gallagher, the current chair of BCRC, commented “The research shows the huge contribution made by communities and community activists. We hope the Department of Justice will use these findings to recognise community involvement in the new structures.“

Sean Murray from BCRC said “This research outlines the challenges for the future delivery of community safety. There is a lot at stake for interface communities and the new PCSP structures need to be up to the challenge.”

For further information, please contact BCRC
Phone: 02890202030

This project is part-financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

BCRC is supported by four partner organisations:
Falls Community Council (lead agency), Epic, Charter NI and Intercomm.