PCSP project named runner-up at prestigious awards!

Pictured with their runners up award at the PSNI and NI Policing Board Problem Solving Partnership Awards are Patricia Gibson, Policing and Community Safety Programme Manager Lynette Cooke, PCSP Development Manager along with Sgt Nicholas Woods and Constable Liam Doherty.

An initiative developed by Banbridge’s Neighbourhood Policing Team in partnership with the Education Authority Youth Service in Banbridge and Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) to address anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the Banbridge area was recently named runner-up at the prestigious PSNI and NI Policing Board Problem Solving Partnership Awards!

The Banbridge Auto Project was a 10-week programme involving young people aged between 14 and 16 from two high schools and introduced them to numerous subjects including motor vehicle servicing and repair, while also educating them on the dangers and consequences of drug misuse and the impact of ASB on the community.

All participants fully applied themselves to the project and excelled throughout the course while building positive relationships with local officers. The feedback from the schools was incredibly positive showing increased attendance and less disruption in class, proving that the programme had an effective impact.

“We are very proud that the Banbridge Auto Project has been recognised by these prestigious awards as it really has had the most encouraging and constructive impact on those young people who took part,” commented Councillor Clare McConville-Walker, Chair of the PCSP.

“We are always striving to help reduce anti-social behaviour across our borough and to have had the support and assistance from a number of statutory agencies throughout this project has definitely made a lasting impact.”

The initiative involved Education Authority Youth Service, Banbridge Neighbourhood Policing Team, Banbridge High School and St. Patrick’s College, Banbridge.