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Targets set out in policing plan
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The report sets out targets for the PSNI to tackle hate crimes
Hate crimes and vandalism are to be targeted by police in Northern Ireland under its strategy for the next 12 months.

A total of 38 targets were included in the plan drawn up by the Policing Board, which holds the PSNI to account.

Chief Constable Hugh Orde must solve more murders, increase drug seizures and strengthen public confidence in his officers, the board said in its report.

The blueprint also sets fresh goals to tackle religious and sectarian attacks.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland was told to establish a baseline clearance rate for crimes against people with disabilities.

'Critical review'

Sir Desmond Rea, chairman of the Policing Board, said changes to the strategy had emerged from a critical review carried out with the service.

He said: "They will bring the Northern Ireland planning process closer to that used in England and Wales to enhance the extent, robustness and transparency of the process for assessing police performance."

Following consultation with local District Policing Partnerships, two fresh objectives were included: tackling the fear of crime in communities and dealing with anti-social behaviour.

The police have been challenged to achieve a 75% victim satisfaction rate.

Better results on burglaries, car crime, drink/drug-driving and public disorder should also be achieved, the board said.

The plan recommended that average sickness levels for officers should fall to 12.5 days to try to maximise resources in the force.

In response, police commanders also outlined key targets to improve the service.

These include:

  • completing 75% of investigations within 90 days of the appointment of a detective to the case;
  • installing 500 "black box" data recorders to influence driver behaviour in police vehicles by March 2006;
  • having automatic number plate recognition schemes (ANPR) in place by next September;
  • thermal image marking on at least 750 police vehicles to assist the force's helicopter by next December;
  • achieving a 5% reduction in complaints by March 2006.

Mr Orde said it was a continuation of enormous changes to policing in Northern Ireland in recent years.

"Over the last three or four years officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland have pushed the edges of policing and are working more and more at a local level with local people.

"As a result, communities are beginning to recognise and appreciate the difference it makes to engage with police officers."

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