Accountability and Standards of the Port Police Forces

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Annex M

Belfast Harbour Police

Background

The Belfast Harbour Police (BHP) were established in 1847. BHP has full constabulary powers along with special powers granted through Belfast Harbour Commissioners’ by-laws. The unit consists of trained uniformed police officers and a CID section who provide 24-hour cover, responding immediately to incidents and requests for assistance throughout the 2000 acre Harbour Estate.

BHP’s aim is to provide an effective and efficient policing service for the Belfast Harbour Estate and Port community. BHP operates from purpose built facilities in the Port Operations Centre at Milewater Basin. The Operations Room is equipped with a state of the art CCTV system giving BHP the capability to monitor and record images from strategically positioned cameras throughout the Estate including all entrances to and exits from the Estate

The Belfast Harbour Estate is serviced by almost 30 kilometres of roads. BHP maintain the free flow of the thousands of vehicles that travel through the Estate each day

BHP’s fleet of marked patrol vehicles are fitted with “Tracker” stolen vehicle detection devices. A commitment to continually improving on equipment and techniques coupled with a focus on crime prevention and detection ensures a safe and secure environment for businesses operating within the Harbour Estate.

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