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Thursday 30 October 2014

Balbriggan to hold a week for safety

PUBLIC MEETING AND OPEN DAY PLANNED

JOHN MANNING

Published 11/09/2012 | 17:10

Chloe Crowe, Abby Byrne and Alish McLoughlin looking forward to the community open day at Balbriggan Garda Station.

BALBRIGGAN Community Policing Forum is to hold a public meeting on crime, crime prevention and antisocial behaviour at the town hall later this month.

Residents of Balbriggan and Balrothery will have an opportunity to come along and bring their issues of crime, disorder and antisocial behaviour to the authorities. Public meetings are attended by An Garda Síochána and Fingal County Council, chaired by the Balbriggan Community Policing Forum. The night will also incorporate a safety exhibition of home and property security systems. The meeting on Monday, September 17, at 7pm in the Town Hall is just one event taking place as part of Balbriggan Community Safety Week, which runs in town from September 17 to 22. This year, the week's events will have a focus on drugs and alcohol and will be officially launched by Minister for State Roisín Shortall on Friday, September 21, from 9am to 1pm at St George's Square. The Garda Band will play on the square, joined by a local school choir, and there will be a free tea party where all are welcome and local schools in Balbriggan invited to the square to look at stands and engage with the services. There are events on throughout the week from a crime prevention seminar for businesses to a suicide awareness talk and more besides. To end the week on a high note the Balbriggan gardaí are hosting a community open day on the Saturday afternoon. Balbriggan Garda Station will be opening its doors to the community and you are encouraged to go along and meet your local Gardaí. The day will consist of tours of the station and its facilities and there will be an opportunity to engage with the local detectives, traffic corps, drugs unit and community gardaí. The local fire brigade and coast guard will also be getting in on the act with demonstrations of their important work. Congratulations to all 19 organisations who have got involved this year and special praise goes to the Balbriggan Community Safety Week Committee. For further details on any of the events please find full programme on www.cpforum.ie or contact Louise Butler at 086 7716811 or balbriggan@cpforum.ie. There is also a display ad listing the full events for the week in this week's Fingal Independent.

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