Meeting in Public
Limavady DPP holds at least six meetings in public each year and are advertised in the local press at least 12 working days before the meeting.
Further meeting dates on general forums to be confirmed.
Members of the public are encouraged to submit written questions into the process and the questions will be taken to the next meeting in public.
Written question will be accepted from any person living or working in the Borough or any person directly affected by the policing of the Borough, and it is preferable that they are submitted at least eight days in advance of the meeting. Alternatively, members of the public can ask a DPP representative to ask a question on their behalf.
An opportunity is also given at meeting in public for questions/issues to be presented from the floor. However, in order to allow the Area Commander time to prepare full and open responses, written questions submitted in advance of the meetings are recommended. Everyone who supplies a name and address in association with a written question will receive a written response.
Forms (pdf 49 KB) and guidance for use with the submission of a question are available from the DPP office or to download.
According to the Code of Practice on the Functions and Responsibilities of the District Policing Partnership, there are certain circumstances where questions cannot be answered. The Code of Practice, in Annex A states:
In responding to a question, the presumption is that information should be provided unless there are legal reasons for withholding the information of if it is in the public interest to hold it back. At the commencement of a public meeting of the DPP, the public should be informed of the circumstances in which information cannot be provided, for example, if:
- it is in the interests of national security
- it would endanger the security of one of more individuals
- it relates to an individual and is of a sensitive personal nature
- it involved information that the police are holdings in confidence
- from another agency
- it would, or would be likely to, prejudice proceedings which have
- been commenced in a court of law
- it would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention of crime of
- the apprehension or prosecution of offenders.
For further information see the Code of Practice on the Function and Responsbilites of the DPP (pdf 165 KB).