Belfast Telegraph

North Belfast gets new PSNI unit

08 February 2005

A new police unit is being set up in north Belfast to tackle car crime, drugs and burglary, it was revealed today.

Forty police officers from across the District Command Unit will make up the new Operational Support Unit (OSU) which will support the DCU's pro-active policing team.

It will be fully operational next month.

Using the National Intelligence Model, the PSNI says it will focus on the issues that are important to the local community.

The team will use the latest law enforcement technology in an attempt to cut crime in the area.

DCU Commander, Chief Superintendent Mike Little said: "Setting up this unit demonstrates our commitment to making sure that north Belfast is safer.

"I want to take this opportunity to reassure residents of north Belfast that my officers and I are dedicated to tackling crime and the fear of crime in this area.

"The community are telling us that they have had enough of criminality in the area.

"Crime is falling but I am pledging today that we will work to ensure it falls further. I want to make people feel safe living and working in north Belfast."

The chief superintendent said he recognised that police could not work alone to tackle crime and appealed for support from local people.

He said: "I would encourage all those individuals or groups representing local communities in north Belfast to engage with police in making this area a safer place for all."

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