13th Dec 2019 in Business

We are delighted to report back on the first quarter performance of the CQ StreetBeat’ project with PSNI.

In September this year Cathedral Quarter BID was delighted to announce the collaboration with PSNI in securing 2 dedicated Police officers for the Cathedral Quarter and Smithfield & Union. Funded through the BID levy these officers have now been operating on a weekly basis to provide an additional level of support direct to the needs of the businesses.

The project was developed in a direct call to action from businesses around safety and security during working hours in the CQ BID, concerns in the area centred around public space being used for anti-social behaviour, street drinking and increased substance misuse in the area. It’s the first time such dedicated joint patrolling has been delivered in Cathedral Quarter and brings an increased enforcement, presence and visibility to the area.

Two dedicated constables have been patrolling the areas for the past few months and have been getting to know their beat and the people and problems of their patch.

Businesses in the area have been given a direct contact number for the team to help them liaise with the officers and help build a network of contacts.

Joined-up working is getting results.

StreetBeats inception has allowed PSNI to continue to develop and build upon incredibly valuable relationships with a range of City partners to deliver a multi-agency approach around crime and the issues of crime. Organisations such as Extern and The Welcome Organisation deliver over and above the resources they are given and by collaboratively working with StreetBeat officers incidents around non criminal issues (particularly alcohol & drug issues) have seen positive changes.

Cathedral Quarter BID Street Beat

Joint Patrols with Safer Neighbourhood Officers across hot spots for ASB/Drug Dealing

The PSNI have collaborated across the BID area with Belfast Harbour Police on joint patrols to maximise visibility and presence, and to utilise resources more prudently.  Fortnightly joint patrols between Belfast City Council Safer Neighbourhood Officers have also allowed sharing of knowledge and resources around criminal and Anti-Social Behaviour to great effect.

Problem Solving is reaping rewards !

StreetBeat kindly gave some time to meet CQ businesses and employers with an overview of some of the notable successes earlier this month.

  • 19 searches of people, mostly for drugs but also for weapons, stolen goods or items that may be used to commit criminal damage.
  • 7 arrests were made including for possession of drugs, supply of drugs, possession of weapons and for bench warrants after an offender has failed to appear at court.
  • 25 interventions into situations or collapses
  • Arrests on suspicion of no less than five commercial burglaries in the area.
PSNI presenting latest figures to CQ Stakeholders

Working with businesses

A large law firm based on the edge of the business district recently requested an informal meeting with PSNI StreetBeat officers around a minor security concern. Following introductions around the StreetBeat operation and working in partnership with colleagues from the Security Industry Authority, they delivered a learning package to build confidence amongst staff. This has subsequently led on to a number of safety presentations being delivered to around 300 staff within the company in the lead up to Christmas.

Destination CQ BID is committed to ensure that Cathedral Quarter and Smithfield remains a safe and enjoyable destination and great place to work, visit and invest in.

By introducing additional security measures and working closely with key partners, we aim to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and provide our business community with the best levels of support and advice. Additional PSNI officers sends out an extremely strong message about our commitment towards tackling crime and improving perceptions of safety, no matter what time of day people visit.

The CQ StreetBeat officers give businesses a recognisable face in the locality who you will be able to liaise with directly and enhance the current police service provision in the city centre.

What’s the number? Constable Michael Gilles on 07787432635

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