The second meeting of the Clonakilty Joint Policing Committee (J.P.C.), since it’s formal establishment nearly a year ago, (first meeting was on 3rd September 2010), takes place this Friday (13th), starting at 11.00am at the Old Mill Council Chambers (over library).
Meetings of the JPC are open to the public and media to attend as observers. The J.P.C. is made up of the nine Town Councillors, two local Senior Gardaí, two Council officials, three Oireachtas members and two members representing the broad community. On occasions there are crime and anti-social issues in the Clonakilty town area that affect residents, businesses and visitors and these matters come under the remit of the J.P.C. for discussion.
According to the legislation that pertains to the setting up and running of J.P.C.’s:-
“The purpose of the Joint Policing Committee is to serve as a forum for consultation, discussion and recommendation on matters affecting the policing of a Local Authority by:
Keeping under review Levels and patterns of crime, disorder and Anti-social behaviour in that area;
Advising the Local Authority and the Gardaí on how best they might perform their functions having regard to the need to do everything feasible to improve the safety and quality of life and to prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour with the area;
Arranging and hosting public meetings concerning matters affecting the policing of the Local Authorities administrative area;
Establishing in consultation with the local Garda Superintendent local policing forums.”
Given recent criminal activity in Clonakilty town, as well as ongoing issues of anti-social/anti-community activity, I would strongly encourage the people of Clonakilty to try to attend the JPC meeting if possible, to hear how the relevant agencies with the power to address these issues are dealing with them.
Agenda Items that may be of interest......
(1) Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor and Substances in Public.
(2) Traffic Management - "Speed and Safety"
(4) Community Policing