PCSP - Draft Equality Schemes

Closed 31 Aug 2016

Opened 2 Jun 2016


The Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) and District PCSPs were established on 1 April 2012 under the Justice Act (NI) 2012.  Each partnership is made up of elected and independent members and representatives from the statutory sector.

The role of the PCSPs is to make communities safer by:

  • engaging and consulting to help improve policing and community safety
  • working in partnership with local communities, partners and agencies
  • monitoring our performance and being transparent about what we have achieved, and
  • encouraging cooperation with, and inspiring confidence in, the justice system and, in particular the police.


Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (the Act) requires public authorities in Northern Ireland to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity and regard to the desirability of promoting good relations.  Each public authority must produce an equality scheme which sets out how it proposes to fulfil these equality duties.  The PSCPs are considered public authorities and therefore must produce an equality scheme for approval by the Equality Commission.  

The Belfast PCSP and the north, south, east and west district partnerships have produced draft equality schemes and we want to hear your views before we finalise the schemes and present them to the Equality Commission.

What Happens Next

This consultation has now closed.  All responses will be considered and the final schemes will be presented to each of the five partnerships prior to submission to the Equality Commission for approval.  

The schemes must be with the commission by 30 September 2016

Once the equality schemes have been approved by the Equality Commission they will be published on our website. They will then be reviewed on an annual basis.


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