14 May 2005

BBC

Views sought on police patrolling


Views are being sought on how officers cover the beat

Alternative ways in which the police could patrol the streets of Northern Ireland are to be assessed in a review by the PSNI and the Policing Board.

It will assess public expectations, visibility of officers on the beat and the strategy of how they are deployed.

Patrolling by the PSNI will be compared with methods used by other services.

The review team wants individuals and community groups to give their views on current levels of patrols in their areas and suggest improvements.

The Best Value Review is currently in the early stage of the consultation process.

The reviewers will meet with a number of focus groups and will consult with district policing partnerships, members of the public and "hard to reach" groups.

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