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Partnership officers in Northern Ireland undertake qualification

Officers from Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) in Northern Ireland recently embarked on an accredited Level 4 Certificate in Crime Prevention qualification with the Police Crime Prevention Academy.

PCSPs are local bodies made up of Councillors and independent people from each council area in Northern Ireland. The Academy’s national delivery of the Level 4 crime prevention qualification included PCSP staff from the council areas of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Derry and Strabane, Causeway Coast and Glens and Fermanagh and Omagh.

The Level 4 crime prevention qualification includes topics which support the provision of specialist crime prevention advice including; the role of crime prevention in the community, problem solving, how tested and certified security products can be used to improve physical security in the built environment, a site security survey of residential and public/commercial buildings, an Environmental Visual Audit with partners and community reps and co-ordinating a crime prevention initiative.

Head of Academy Guy Collyer said, “The Academy was delighted to welcome PCSP staff onto its most recent national delivery of the Level 4 crime prevention qualification which for some built on them successfully achieving their Level 3 crime prevention qualification. The fully virtual classroom phase also meant that the qualification was accessible to a wide range of delegates, including many from Europe, which provided unique opportunities for learning and networking between the delegates.”

Sarah Reid, Northern Ireland Policing Board’s Partnership Manager, said: “We are delighted that staff within our PCSPs are committed to enhancing their professional knowledge and crime prevention skills for the benefit of the Partnership and the local community.”