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NIPB and PSNI Public Consultation Prioritisation Simulator

The Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Policing Board are looking your views to help shape the future of policing.

We want to hear from you, the community and key stakeholders on the future priorities, structure and delivery of local policing in Northern Ireland.

Click here to listen to an introduction from the Chief Constable George Hamilton and Policing Board Chair Anne Connolly on the importance of this consultation.

Click here to view a subtitled version of the animation above.

What decisions would you make if you were in charge of policing in your area?  What do you think the priorities are and where do you think the resources should go?

Have a go at our Prioritisation Simulator which puts you in the driving seat by taking charge of the district’s resources.  You will have 100 points to allocate across 6 areas of policing and will have to make difficult choices about where the resources go and what areas of policing are prioritised.  These choices reflect the real challenges that the PSNI will face in the years ahead as available resources reduce and crime changes.

There is also an option to obtain further resources by charging for the service you provide as a District Commander.

Please take time to prioritise where YOU believe the resources should go and try to understand the consequences that arise. If you need more information on any of the topics, just click the information icons as you work your way through the simulator.

Some points to help you along:

  • For the purpose of this simulator we have indicated that our current level of service for each activity is 6.
  •  If you allocate points above this level you will be increasing resources to this activity. 
  • If you allocate less than 6 points you will be decreasing resources allocated to this activity. 
  • You have the opportunity to spend between 0 and 10 points per activity.
  • By clicking "more" after each choice you will be able to view the consequences of your choice.

If you are unsure how to complete the Prioritisation Simulator, you can watch a two minute tutorial, Click here.

To read up on the consultation overview document, simply Click here.

To see the younger people's version, simply Click here.

To skip the Simulator but give us your views, simply Click here.

Community confidence in the Police Service of Northern Ireland is currently at record highs, with reported crime down 33% across the last ten years.  However, like all other police services, and indeed all other public services, PSNI are facing some significant challenges. Within the PSNI these challenges revolve around the changing nature of demand through increases in cyber-crime, child sexual exploitation, sexual offending and vulnerability.  Whilst demand has changed, the resource available to meet new and existing challenges is reducing.  In the past 10 years the policing budget has been reduced by 40% and the number of staff and police officers has decreased by 20%.

To maintain their policing purpose PSNI have to think differently about how they work both inside and outside the organisation.  They must consider new ways of working that will reduce demand and provide better outcomes for their community.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has changed in response of similar challenges in the past; however the sheer scale of current and future challenges means that how frontline policing is delivered now will likely be no longer fit for purpose in the future.  The Police Service of Northern Ireland wants to be in a position in which their frontline policing model meets the challenges of the future and continues to effectively keep people safe by continuing to Police with the Community.

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