More than 3500 miles of patrolling, the delivery of a range of youth diversionary activities and the development of partnership working with criminal justice agencies are some of the achievements of the Community Safety Wardens Schemes which has come to an end after five years of service in Ballycastle.
The Ballycastle Community Safety Warden Scheme is ending due to funding constraints. The Wardens presented their final report to Moyle PCSP on March 20th.
Following the presentation, Cllr Joan Baird, the Chair of the PCSP, reflected on the work that had been achieved during the duration of this scheme and stated: “It is with regret that we see the Wardens scheme coming to an end.
“The PCSP and the community thank the staff for their dedication and commitment to their role and for their contribution to making Ballycastle a safer place.
“Unfortunately the funding is no longer available to continue this scheme however we hope the staff will take experiences and knowledge from this scheme which will serve them well in future employment.
“We wish them well in their future endeavors. Moyle PCSP also wishes to thank the Department of Justice, the NI Housing Executive and Moyle District Council who have provided funding over the past five years to enable the scheme to be delivered.”
Over the period of the scheme the number of anti-social behavior incidents has fallen by a staggering 51.4%.
While this is due to a combined effort by a number of organisations and agencies, the Wardens scheme has been recognised as having a meaningful contribution to this outcome.
PSNI Inspector Bryan Hume, Moyle’s sector commander said: “The wardens were employed to try to improve the feeling of safety of the people of Ballycastle.
“They have surpassed this many times over, giving hope to young people who had given up on employment and meaningful lives because they felt outside the normal system.
“They have greatly enhanced the safety of people in Ballycastle, and this astonishing reduction in anti-social behaviour, is in no small part down to them. “