Cllr Paul Sinclair has been named the new chair of Mid and East Antrim Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP). Independent Member Ashleigh Perry has taken up the position of vice chair.
The chairs of the PCSP change every year and they both took up their new roles on Wednesday night.
Chair Paul Sinclair said: “I’m honoured to be taking up this role and I am looking forward to working together to tackle community safety issues. Already this year, cybercrime, domestic violence and drug misuse have been brought to the forefront and solutions sought to tackle them. I hope to see the delivery of many more worthwhile initiatives to help protect the citizens across the borough over the coming months.”
Cllr Sinclair is an Alliance representative who lives in Greenisland and is married with two young children. He works as a software developer for an insurance company and graduated from Queen’s University with BSc (Hons) in Mathematics. He has strong links to the local community and is passionate about issues affecting them.
The new vice chair, Ashleigh Perry, also has experience with social issues. Ashleigh has strong links to the PCSP, having previously served as deputy chair for the old Ballymena partnership. Ashleigh has a PhD in politics and an undergraduate Bsc (Hons) in Politics with Criminology from Ulster University. Ashleigh has ten years of voluntary experience in her local community and is particularly interested in engaging young people and the elderly with community safety and policing.
Vice Chair, Ashleigh Perry added: “The PCSP is now firmly established in the fabric of tackling issues affecting local people here in Mid and East Antrim. I hope to represent the voices of local people in my new role and I look forward to working with the local community to make a real difference.”
PCSPs work with the community to identify issues of concern in the local area and prepare plans to deliver practical solutions. They also work in partnership with other organisations which contribute to community safety in the area.
Mid and East Antrim PCSP is made up of ten local councillors, appointed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and nine independent members, appointed by the Northern Ireland Policing Board.
The first public meeting during the new term took place on Wednesday night and focused on domestic and sexual violence. Other issues including drug misuse, anti-social behaviour and hate crime will also be explored later this year.