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Joint Policing Committee Launch 6 Year Strategy Document

 

On 20 June 2016 Cork City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) launched a six-year strategy aiming to enhance relationships between the Local Authority, An Garda Síochána and the community, strengthening ties between the groups.

The Cork City Joint Policing Committee Six Year Strategic Plan (2016-2021) can be found here:

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Joint Policing Committees will operate in a manner that offers an opportunity to develop greater consultation, cooperation and accountability between An Garda Síochána, Local Authorities and elected local representatives, with the participation of the community and voluntary sector, on the management of policing and crime issues. The eight strategic aims addressed in the Cork City Strategy are: 

  • JPC Structure
  • Communications
  • Community Engagement
  • Crime Prevention
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Road Safety
  • Misuse of Alcohol and Drugs and related Crime
  • Support for crime victims

The strategy is the direct result of more than 12 months of consultation. It establishes a clear format of communication between the Local Authority, an Garda Síochána and Cork communities, including regular local forums to raise issues. It includes a series of measurable goals, with specific aims reviewed on an annual basis.

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What are Joint Policing Committees (JPCs)?

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  • Serve as a forum for consultation and discussion on matters of crime and policing within the Local Authority administrative area
  • Review levels, patterns of crime and any underlying factors
  • Establish/coordinate Local Policing Fora
  • Meet on a quarterly basis
  • Hold an annual public meeting

The statutory basis for the establishment of Joint Policing Committees is set out in section 35 of An Garda Síochána Act 2005, with revised guidelines for the operation of each JPC amended in 2014. The Policing Authority, established under the Garda Síochána (Policing Authority & Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015, hold general powers relating to the establishment and maintenance of the Joint Policing Committees by local authorities and the Garda Commissioner, which were previously held by the Dept. of Justice and Equality.

Membership of JPCs

Each of the partners involved in JPCs has its own distinct perspective and inputs to offer, along with its own responsibilities in ensuring that society’s needs are effectively met to maintain safe and secure communities.

Each JPC is made up of:

(i)  Chairperson – Local Authority representative

(ii)  Garda Officers nominated by Commissioner

(iii)  Local Authority representatives

(iv) Members of Council and Oireachtas for the area

(v) Public Participation Network representatives

More information on the national Joint Policing Programme can be found on the Garda.ie Website  

Speaking ahead of the launch, chief executive of Cork City Council, Ann Doherty, said: “The strategy will provide a framework for the work of the JPC, and underpins the strong working relationship that exists between the City Council and An Garda Síochána at all levels.”

Paul Moynihan, representing Cork City Council, encouraged people to make use of these local forums to bring issues to light. “Community lies at the heart of what this strategy is about,” he said. “Community safety is not just about reducing crime, it is about creating a sense of safety. This is a very accountable and upfront process. What we would be hoping to see is people engaging with their local policing forum.”

Chief Superintendent Mick Finn said the strategy is a commitment to making Cork a ‘safer and better place to live, work and socialise.’ Mr Finn said, “We are committed to tackling all of the challenges that are presented by a modern, vibrant, diverse community on a day to day basis. No agency or service can solve all of the ills of society but I am confident that together we are strong and better able to deal with these challenges.”