Wednesday 23 October 2019

Positive feedback on series of public meetings by JPC

Cllr Kieran Dennison, chair of the Fingal Joint Policing Committee
Cllr Kieran Dennison, chair of the Fingal Joint Policing Committee

There were four public meetings held by the Fingal Joint Policing Committee, this year, across the county.

To advertise the meetings, which happened in April, an information leaflet about the series of public meetings was circulated to 58,000 homes across the county, and was printed in six languages.

According to the Fingal Joint Policing Committee: 'Attendances have been very positive year on year.'

Fingal County Council is represented at the meetings at Director of Services and Senior Executive Officer level and on the Garda side is represented by the relevant Chief Superintendent and Superintendent.

In addition, Garda personnel from Traffic, Community Policing, and Drugs Units also attend the public meetings, where local issues dictate.

The 2017 Public Meetings were chaired by Cllr Kieran Dennison who is the current Chairperson of the Fingal Joint Policing Committee.

Each meeting commenced with a short introduction to how the JPC conducts its business.

This was followed by a short presentation by the local Garda Superintendent in each of the four policing districts in the county, which gave an overview of Garda strategic objectives in the area, local crime statistics and details of specific operations targeting particular types of crime.

At the Dublin 15 Meeting, a presentation was also made by Sgt. Dave McInerney from the Garda Diversity Office, on the topic of 'Ethnic Policing and Integration Matters.'

At each meeting Crime Prevention advice was then provided based on prevalent crimes in the area. In 2017, the key issues related to community policing, youth issues, and Garda resources.

The next stage in the meetings was to invite questions from the floor for both the council and the Gardaí on matters relating to public order and local community safety.

Speakers are prohibited from mentioning specific names and individual cases will not be discussed.

An opportunity is provided at the end of every meeting for members of the public to approach the Gardaí or the council on a one to one basis on specific issues, and in general this can be very productive, specifically in relation to concerns regarding local drug dealing, according to the Fingal Joint Policing Committee.

The public meetings have been held around the county for the last three years and the feedback has been largely positive. The public meetings are likely to return next year.

Fingal Independent