As part of their 2018 Local Policing review, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and the Northern Ireland Policing Board (NIPB) sought the views of the public to help shape the future of policing. They launched a public consultation to explore how the police could best meet public demand and deliver the most effective local policing in times of reducing budgets. Through the consultation they encouraged citizens to learn about which issues the police are dealing with, and help to prioritise them.
After the success of taking the Practical Democracy Project around the UK and to New Zealand, we decided it was about time we took it to our neighbours across the Irish sea. Some of the Delib team descended on the very cool Tara Building in Dublin on October 24th for an evening event of democracy-related chat, drinks from Hopfully Brewing and donuts from Offbeat.
Last Wednesday was our latest UK Citizen Space and Dialogue user group, this time in an autumnally-sunny Leicester.
I recently had the pleasure of heading to the big smoke to interview the lovely Neil Williams to bring back our Digital Heroes series. He’s just left GDS after 7 years and will soon be starting his new role as Chief Digital Officer at Croydon Council. We sat down for a coffee (in the very swanky GDS offices in Aldgate East) and had a chat about all the cool things he’s worked on in the past 7 years, and all the good stuff to come in Croydon.
Last week, some of the Delib team headed to Bangor, Northern Ireland to host the second UK Delib User Group of 2018. Held in the very beautiful Bangor Town Hall, home of Ards and North Down Borough Council, it was a chance to get some of our Irish and Northern Irish customers together to chat about the work they’re doing around consultation.
As Delib continues to grow, we’re delighted to welcome new people to the team. Our newest recruit is Joel, joining our UK office after a stint of travelling the world. We caught up with him in his first week about all those important topics: music, biscuits and his desert island picks.