Pete Connolly served as a Constable in the RUC and PSNI between 1985 and 2015. After undertaking training at the Home Office Crime Reduction College in 1999 (Crime Prevention Officer course) and 2001 (Architectural Liaison Officer course), Pete worked as a CPO and then DOCO in the West Belfast Policing District for over 15 years.
Pete enjoyed significant successes in ‘Community Policing’ and ‘Problem Solving Policing’ by championing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design and the ‘Secured by Design’ award scheme, which he used to address local crime hotspot areas in partnership with local community leaders and other stakeholders. This approach was recognised and embraced within the broad community, in that difficult policing environment. Pete worked on a wide variety of SBD and CPTED projects, which included large estates of public sector housing, schools, the Royal Group of Hospitals, Police Stations and even the Belfast Peace Line structures.
He has continued to work in the arena of Designing Out Crime, providing support when needed to police services on projects for Secured by Design and the ‘Park Mark’ Safer Parking Scheme. In 2011, Pete was honoured with an MBE for services to Community Policing. On retiring from the PSNI in 2015, Pete became a SBD Licensed Consultant. He is a qualified adult educator and an Associate Tutor of the Police Crime Prevention Academy.