No cops disciplined or dismissed in last three years

No police officer in Limavady has been disciplined, cautioned, dismissed or resigned for allegations involving abuse of alcohol and/or illegal drugs during the last three years, it has been revealed.

The information revealed by Acting Area Commander Insp. Clive Spence came to light during a recent meeting of the Limavady District Policing Partnership.

The latest crime figres for April to December 2010 were also released, as well as details about the recent spate of burglary and theft in the area.

Insp. Spence said during the last two weeks there have been seven property searches and four arrests in relation to the recent spate of burglaries, resulting in three people being charged with burglary.

While an increase in calls from the public reporting activity such as unknown vehicles in their area has been received, Insp. Spence urged anyone aware of unknown vehicles in their area to report it.

In response to a discussion on road policing operations, it was highlighted that joint interagency enforcement operations in the Magherafelt and Limavady Council areas continue with operations held in September 2010 and February 2011. During an operation held in September 2010, 25 cars were subject to scrutiny by DVLA enforcement officers resulting in 20 (80%) found to have one or more serious mechanical defects. Of those 16 (64%) were subject to an immediate prohibition and four (16%) to a defect notice. A total of nine drivers (36%) have been reported with a view to prosecution on grounds that their vehicles were deemed dangerous.

In addition, during February 2011, 91 endorsable Fixed Penalty Notices were issued for a range of offences ranging from Excess Speed, No Seatbelt, defective tyres, misuse of mobile phone, tinted windows.

Seventy two Non Endorsable Fixed Penalty Notice were served for a range of offences from having no valid MOT, no Seatbelt, tinted windows, illegal number plate and no working horn.

Sheila McWilliams, vice-chair of Limavady District Policing Partnership took the opportunity to highlight key points within the report.

“The Police have continued to make significant progress in the prevention, detection and clearance of crime with a 6% decrease on the same period last year. Clearance figures at 33% continue to remain high compared with other areas.

“It is encouraging to note that reported crime has fallen by over 6%. Clearance figures of 33% continue to remain high compared with other areas. Out of the nine crime categories, crime has increased in three categories. Offences against the person by 57 crimes, Robbery by two crimes and Offences against the State by 10 crimes and on the same period last year. Reported antisocial behaviour incidences have also fallen again by 10%.”