In recognition of the hard work by the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators in keeping our communities safe, a recent recognition event took place at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.
Facilitated by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Policing and Community Safety Partnership (ABC PCSP), the celebratory event saw around 80 attendees enjoy a lunch and a performance from Armagh Theatre Group as well as a number of presentations from Chief Inspector Bernard O’Connor, Crime Prevention Officer, Lisa Sherman and Susan Brew from Crimestoppers.
Vice Chair of the ABC PCSP Cathy Donnelly, commented,
“This event was a fantastic success and was a wonderful opportunity for Neighbourhood Watch Coordinators to get together and share experiences and ideas regarding their schemes. By working together, neighbours and communities do a great job of tackling crime related problems and we look forward to seeing even more schemes being set up throughout the Borough.”
Chief Inspector Barney O’Connor stated,
“Neighbourhood Watch is basically about folks looking out for each other, volunteering to do that little bit extra and working in partnership with PCSP and PSNI to make our communities friendlier, safer and generally better areas to live, work and socialise. As partners, they assist policing by being additional eyes and ears in the community, reporting suspicious activity/vehicles and assisting in getting our Crime Prevention messages out to our communities. This event gave us an excellent opportunity to thank the NHW co-ordinators, from throughout our Borough, for the work they do all year round.”
Neighbourhood Watch continues to grow rapidly within Northern Ireland. In the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon area, there are currently 212 accredited schemes.