Inspector David Moore of Lisburn
PSNI with Councillor Thomas
Beckett, Chairman of Lisburn
District Policing Partnership.
LISBURN'S new police commander has arrived
with the message that anyone who breaks the law in the city
"should expect feel the heat".
Chief Inspector David Moore was in charge in
Carrickfergus before coming to the city a fortnight ago and has
spoken of his delight at his move here.
It has been a baptism of fire for Mr Moore,
who had just arrived when the crisis over the future of CCTV
across Lisburn, Dunmurry, Moira and Hillsborough blew up.
And he is delighted the police were able to
work with Lisburn Council and Lisburn Commerce Against Crime to
get a solution to the funding crisis and ensure the cameras were
switched on again.
Now he is keen to work with the partner
agencies to get a long term solution to the funding problems,
and is optimistic that is what will happen.
Mr Moore said he was well aware of the
challenges he faces in reducing crime and raising clear up
rates, but he said he has already been hugely impressed by the
officers stationed here and paid tribute to his predecessor,
Chief Inspector Paula Hilman.
And he revealed that he is to get nine new
recruits when they finish their training in June - a massive
boost as the full time reserve bows out.
Among his priorities will be to ensure the
public have better accessibility to local officers. He is a
supporter of Neighbourhood Policing and sees that as one of the
areas which, resources permitting, he would like to strengthen.
"We have a dedicated team and they are all
very positive and hard working but that there is still a lot of
work to be done," he said.
" I am going to make mistakes - I know that -
but we want to work with the community to tackle the problems
In the past year domestic burglaries in
Lisburn has reduced by 3.5 per cent and domestic violence - an
area where Lisburn has one of the highest rates in Northern
Ireland - has been reduced by a third.
Mr Moore is pleased with those figures, but he
is not complacent. "Clearance rates will be challenging and we
have been asked to reduce crime by five per cent which will also
be challenging for us," he said "Lisburn has one of the best
clearance rates in the district and that is something that we
have to continue to push.
"Domestic burglaries are down but they are
not going away so we have to work on that."
He said part of that process was getting
across to residents how they can help reduce the burglary rate
by locking their doors and windows and fitting alarms in their
homes. And he said it was a disappointment to the police that
road deaths in the city had not been reduced in the last year.
He pledged action to cut the loss of life on local roads.
Mr Moore is also conscious that there has
been much criticism at the rate at which police chiefs have
changed in the city in recent year.
But the Chief Inspector, who has 13 years
service in the police, made it clear that while no-one could
predict the future, it was his intention to stay for the
"Obviously we are in a disciplined
organisation and we have to go where we're sent, but I was
delighted to move here when the post in Lisburn became available
and I won't be going seeking a move in the next couple of years"