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POLICE QUIZ THE PUBLIC; 1 in 10 families get questionnaire.

Byline: IAN GRAHAM

ONE in 10 families in Northern Ireland is being asked today to say what they think about policing.

In the biggest survey of its kind, questionnaires have been sent to households by the Policing Board.

Eleven core questions are being asked, together with specific questions about individual District Policing Partnerships (DPPs) set up recently.

Policing Board chairman Prof Desmond Rea said the public consultation was not "just a paper exercise" and would have impact. He added: "It has real meaning and will lead to genuine community benefit."

A key function of each of the DPPs is that every two years they undertake a survey to identify the views of the public.

Prof Rea's board had a statutory responsibility to monitor police performance across Northern Ireland to help ensure that the PSNI was effective and efficient.

The survey is the first public attitude study under-taken by the Policing Board that allows responses to be broken down into the 26 district council areas.

Prof Rea said: "DPPs are about local people shaping local policing. Like the public meetings, this consultation exercise is a vital part of the new beginning to policing.

"DPPs will help make communities safer by making a positive and significant difference to pol-icing with the community, so it is important that everyone who receives a questionnaire not only fills it in, but returns it too."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 2, 2003
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