Thursday 27 October 2016

Policing plan to 'reclaim the city' for communities

Plans: New initiative to stamp out crime in Dublin
Plans: New initiative to stamp out crime in Dublin

A DUBLIN City Council policing initiative that aims to stamp out criminal activity in the capital will see six communities join forces in a major bid to improve security.

The Joint Policing Committee (JPC) will set out a mandatory six-year strategic plan in which a single set of priorities will be adopted across six different areas citywide.

Different types of crime and anti-social behaviour, including drug misuse, burglaries and street crime, will be given greater priority, depending on their level of prevalence.


A community support structure that includes providing support for victims of crime, families within the community and local businesses is also being looked at.

The six Dublin regions are divided geographically into Dublin City, South Centre, South East, Central, North Central and North West.

Other "prioritised" issues that the JPC aims to concentrate on include policing data, restorative justice, estate management and graffiti/dumping.

A letter from assistant city chief executive Brendan Kenny to members of the Dublin City JPC proposes that three key strategic priorities would be identified for each area.

It is also hoped the planned approach will "take full advantage of the six structures", as well as giving "better focus to the strategic direction" of the JPC.

The JPC structure in Dublin City is different to the rest of the country insofar as there is a single city committee with five area sub-committees.

Councillor Daithi de Roiste, who chairs the JPC, said he hopes the restructuring of the strategic plan would help Dubliners "reclaim" their city.

Mr de Roiste said the proposal looks to "begin the process of reclaiming this city from criminals making it a bad place to live for ourselves, our families, our kids and our elderly neighbours".

"We are streamlining the process from what previously existed, so each area has three priorities to work on," he added.

The letter to the JPC also added that the communities would not be bound to solely combating the prioritised issues within their area, but that the three stated target areas would be the main concentration.


"There is no obstacle at all to prevent any of the six committees from dealing as necessary with a range of other issues as they arise, but the committees will have to report on an ongoing basis on progress," the letter read.

Fianna Fail has launched a bill aimed at setting up a Garda Public Order Unit to deal with criminality and anti-social behaviour on the city's streets.

The bill hopes to see 300 gardai "cleaning up" Dublin's communities and neighbourhoods.


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