Ballymoney District Policing
Public Consultation Report
(This report has been produced with information gathered from
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, District
Policing Partnership Meetings, Local Focus Groups, Ballymoney
Community Police Liaison Committee and Community Safety
1 Foreword by the Chairman of Ballymoney District Policing Partnership
3 Report on the outcome of the Public Consultation exercise for Ballymoney
3.1 A Summary of the NISRA Results
3.2 District Policing Partnership Meetings
3.3 MORI Focus Group Research
3.4 Community Police Liaison Committee
3.5 Ballymoney Community Safety Partnership
Ballymoney District Policing Partnership
1) Foreword by the Chairman of Ballymoney District Policing
Ballymoney DPP is a strategic body set up to : -
Identify Policing Issues
Prioritise Policing Issues
Obtain Public Cooperation
Monitor Police Performance
Discuss Policing Matters
This consultation report addresses the first two aims ie identifying and prioritising
Survey results, public meetings and other consultative methods identified in this
document are giving voice to community views on policing. The information we
have gathered will be used to contribute to the formulation of 2007/8 Policing
My colleagues and community representatives are operating in a very open way.
We hold six meetings in public per year to allow the District Commander to report
on crime and detection rates throughout the area and to address issues that may
have raised the public’s interest or concern.
I look forward to further consultation with the people of the Borough on this vital
Alderman Frank Campbell
Ballymoney District Policing Partnership has used a variety of methods to consult
with the public: -
Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency Survey
District Policing Partnership Meetings
Local Focus Groups
Community Police Liaison Committees
Ballymoney Community Safety Partnership
This report attempts to combine all of the information from the above-mentioned1
to identify and prioritise the policing issues in Ballymoney.
3) Outcome of 2006 Public Consultation Exercise for Ballymoney
3.1) Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)
This is the third District Policing Partnership Survey to be carried out by the
Central Survey Unit of the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, the
first being carried out in 2003.
This postal survey involved questionnaires being sent out to 60,000 households
across Northern Ireland, selected at random from the Valuation and Lands
Agency list of addresses. Unique identifiers were included with the
questionnaires to enable results to be broken down by District Command Unit
(DPP boundaries are identical to District Command Unit boundaries).
The NISRA survey questioned people about PSNI Resources, Public satisfaction
with Policing and DPP Awareness. More relevantly for this report, NISRA also
focused on the policing priorities and they have been identified as follows2: -
2. Dangerous/Careless Driving
3. Young People Causing a Nuisance
For a copy of individual reports on the various methods used please contact Ballymoney DPP
Manager or go to www.districtpolicing.com
5. Underage Drinking
3.2) DPP Meetings
As well as using NISRA, Ballymoney District Policing Partnership has attempted
to consult with a wide number of groups in the Borough (See Appendix - Input
from the Community). Not only have we received written questions from the
public about Policing but we have received letters, emails, faxes, telephone calls,
copies of highlighted minutes, written reports and oral questions. All of the
concerns gathered from this information were raised at the public meetings in the
form of a question. The meetings have been at different venues and times have
been altered to accommodate different working patterns and domestic
A record has been kept on the number of times an issue has been discussed or
raised. The results show that the common issues are as follows: -
Young People Causing a Nuisance
3.3) Local Focus Group Research 2006
A third and equally important aspect of public consultation was the use of focus
groups. Vision Management was commissioned to undertake research and to
produce a report for Ballymoney DPP3.
By its very nature, qualitative research involves interviewing small samples of
respondents in depth, which are not necessarily representative of larger
populations. Given this, Vision Management attempted to ensure opinions were
collected from a broad spread of the community in Ballymoney Borough Council
area on age, religion, and location.
The main issues coming from the report are as follows: -
Under Age Drinking
Young People Causing a Nuisance
Flags and Emblems
Please contact the Manager for a copy of the report
3.4 Community Police Liaison Committees (CPLC)
Ballymoney Borough has one CPLC (Previously Ballymoney Community Forum)
that meets every three months. The DPP Manager and an independent member
sit on this group and report back information to DPP meetings. There are 12
Community Groups represented on this Forum which broadly covers the whole
Borough. At these meetings the police update the members on how they have
addressed previous concerns. A wide range of policing issues is discussed at
these meetings however the following are the most commonly raised concerns: -
1. Underage drinking
2. Young people causing a nuisance
4. Domestic burglary
3.5 Community Safety Partnership
Ballymoney Community Safety Partnership4 was established in October 2002.
Information gathered through their consultation identified a number of priorities
as follows: fear of crime, offences against individuals, offences motivated by
prejudice, car crime, property crime, business/retail crime, paramilitary activity,
drug/alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviour.
As you can see the different consultation processes have generally highlighted
the same issues. The Local DPP Survey is the most significant consultation
process used by Ballymoney District Policing Partnership in 2005. The prioritised
issues identified in it should be taken into account when producing the Policing
Plan for 2006. In addition to this members of the Partnership feel that Flags and
Emblems, Drug Dealing, Drink driving and vandalism should also be included in
the plan as they have been raised as major concerns in the survey and in other
forms of consultation mentioned in this document.
This District Policing Partnership has already started to discuss the policing
priorities for next year. The information in this document will now allow
Ballymoney PSNI to produce a well-informed 2007 Policing Plan.
If you have any thoughts or concerns about the consultation process or on
anything to do with policing in Ballymoney please contact; Jonny Donaghy,
District Policing Partnership Manager, Ballymoney Borough Council, Riada
House, 14 Charles Street, Ballymoney, BT53 6DZ.
Contact Community Safety Co-ordinator for further information (028 2766 0255)
Tel: 028 2766 0254.
Fax: 028 2766 0222.
Appendix 1 Input from the Community to Ballymoney DPP
VIP & Forum
Association Senior Meetings Police
Road Safety LOL’s
Ballymoney District Policing Members
Partnership & Elected
Sport & Youth
Art CAPN Groups
Ballymoney District Policing Partnership Consultation Process
*1 Other Relevant Groups – Members of the public and Ballymoney District
Policing Partnership will identify other relevant groups that need to be consulted
with on a regular basis.
*2 Independent Members & Elected representatives feedback – Not only will the
members of the District Policing Partnership be given the opportunity to speak on
their own behalf but they will be able to feedback information from other groups
and organisations which they are involved with.
Members of Ballymoney District Policing Partnership sit on most of the groups in
the above-mentioned chart. A group that does not have DPP representation will
be given the opportunity to have an input. This contribution could be in the form
of a written report, oral report, highlighted minutes or, if appropriate, by
nominating a representative from DPP to sit on the group.