AUDIO: 'Significant work' is needed says Chief Inspector after police miss targets

Published: 8 Aug 2012 23:000 comments

CHIEF Inspector Sue Steen says "significant work" is needed after a 12-month report into police performance here revealed that a number of targets have been missed by officers.

Chief Inspector Sue Steen

CHIEF Inspector Sue Steen says "significant work" is needed after a 12-month report into police performance here revealed that a number of targets have been missed by officers.

Targets such as reducing thefts and increasing the percentage of people who agree that police and other agencies are dealing with anti-social behaviour and crime issues have not been met.

There was also an increase in reported crime during the last financial year (2011/12) with figures showing a rise in robbery, theft, fraud and forgery and criminal damage in Fermanagh.

The information was provided by the PSNI at the first public meeting of the new Policing and Community Safety Partnership tonight (Wednesday) in Enniskillen.

Speaking to impartialreporter.com following the meeting, which was attended by local councillors and local people, Chief Inspector Sue Steen said it was "a given" that the issues raised will have to be looked at.

"I think there is more work we can do, yes. A number of our targets we have not been able to meet; some we have narrowly missed the mark and others we do need significant work on and that's a given. I would stress that these figures finished on March 31 so we are now five months down the line and a number of the those targets we have been able to bring that trend down and reduce those numbers down. That's a positive message I want to get out there," she said.

Inspector Steen explained that in the first two weeks of July the PSNI cleared 11 burglaries and brought nine criminals before the courts, adding: "That was a combination of the good work of the community ringing in to report suspicious activity and the good work of my officers and detectives in bringing those people before the courts".

Listen to Chief Inspector Sue Steen speaking to impartialreporter.com below (in two parts).

Listen to Sinn Fein Councillor Tommy Maguire's reaction to tonight's meeting.

See next week's Impartial Reporter for more.

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