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Joint Policing Committee for Cork City

The first meeting of the Joint Policing Committee was held in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork, on Monday, 19th November 2007 @ 3.00pm.

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Photo Richard Mills, Evening Echo

The Joint Policing Committee is being set up in Cork city as part of a pilot initiative in a limited number of local authority areas. The purpose of the Committee is to set up a partnership between local communities, elected representatives and Garda authorities to improve safety and quality of life and to prevent crime, disorder and anti social behaviour in the city.

The purpose of the Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where the local authority and the senior Garda Officers responsible for the policing of that area, with the participation of Oireachtas members and community interests, can consult, discuss and make recommendations on matters affecting the policing of the area. It is intended that the Committees will be co-operative in nature and will operate with the minimum of formality. Through the work of the Committee both partners – the Local Authority and the Garda Síochána – along with Oireachtas members and the community interests will have the opportunity to contribute to the improved policing, in its broadest sense, of the area to the benefit of its residents by carrying out their duties and performing their functions

Established under the provisions of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, this pilot project is one of a limited number being implemented in the country under the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The guidelines are set out to ensure that best operational structures are in place for these committees and that all represented are given the opportunity to contribute constructively to the success of this initiative.

Guidelines on the operation of these committees are available on the Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform website, in public libraries and public offices in the city.

Further information is available from:

Jim O’Donovan,
Director of Services,
Community and Enterprise
Cork City Council
Tel:021 4924105 or 086 8561570

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