The East Belfast District Policing Partnership Sub-Group (chaired by Sinn Féin Councillor Gerard O'Neill) will be holding a 'Public Forum for Discussion' on Tuesday 31st March at the Mount Conference Centre in the east of the city.
The purpose of the Forum is to allow different statutory agencies, including the PSNI, community organisations, community and political representatives as well as individuals to come and discuss issues of concern around community safety etc.
Obviously it is of vital importance that residents of that part of the city have as much a say as possible into the nature of policing within the area. The DPP is one mechanism to do this and any intention to broaden out engagement should be welcomed.
I am confident that many grassroots organisations will be there to highlight their difficulties with policing and community safety issues in the greater east Belfast area. It is vital that we ensure that our voices are heard and that we have an effective and reflective input into the PSNI's policing plan for this part of the city.
If this event allows for that important work and is of benefit to citizens on the ground then it must be welcomed.
I'd ask people if they are able then they should go and ensure that they have an impact on the policing plan and community safety in east Béal Feirste.