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First ‘Park Watch’ Scheme launched at Portadown People’s Park

Annette Blaney, Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Sergeant Barbara McNally, PSNI Neighbourhood Team, Alderman Robert Smith, Chair of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, local resident Vincent McAleenan and Michael Ruddy, Park Development Officer at the launch of 'Park Watch' in Portadown Peoples Park

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s popular Portadown People’s Park has been selected for the first ‘Park Watch’ scheme in the borough.

The scheme is very similar to Neighbourhood Watch with the Policing and Community Safety Partnership and the PSNI working together with park users and local residents protect the park from vandalism and antisocial behaviour.

“It is important that everyone looks after the park, not just the Policing and Community Safety Partnership and the PSNI. We want to encourage local residents and park users to ‘own’ the park, take pride in it, look after it and protect it from vandalism and anti-social behaviour. By doing so they will not only be improving the safety and security of the park but also the surrounding area” said Chair of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Alderman Robert Smith.

Annette Blaney, Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Sergeant Barbara McNally, PSNI Neighbourhood Team, Alderman Robert Smith, Chair of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, local resident Vincent McAleenan and Michael Ruddy, Park Development Officer at the launch of 'Park Watch' in Portadown Peoples Park

Annette Blaney, PCSP, Sergeant Barbara McNally, PSNI Neighbourhood Team, Alderman Robert Smith, Chair of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, local resident Vincent McAleenan and Michael Ruddy, Park Development Officer at the launch of ‘Park Watch’ in Portadown Peoples Park.

Sergeant Barbara McNally, Portadown Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Portadown People’s Park is a fantastic facility for the public and we are committed to working with the Policing and Community Safety Partnership and the local community to make this a safe space for everyone. We want to encourage park users and local residents to help us protect the park from vandalism and antisocial behaviour by reporting any criminal or suspicious activity at the earliest opportunity.”

For more information on the Park Watch Scheme, please contact the Policing and Community Safety Partnership on 028 3831 3607.

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