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Joint Policing Committees - promoting consultation and cooperation in policing

What are Joint Policing Committees? 

Joint Policing Committees (JPCs) aim to develop greater consultation, cooperation and synergy on policing and crime issues between An Garda Síochána, Local Authorities and elected local representatives. JPCs also facilitate the participation of the community and voluntary sectors in this regard.   

A JPC is made up of:-

  • Chairperson – Local Authority representative
  • Garda Officers nominated by the Garda Commissioner
  • Local Authority members
  • Members of Oireachtas for area
  • Community/Voluntary sector representatives

 What are the functions of JPCs?

  • Serve as a forum for consultations, discussions and recommendations on policing and crime issues within Local Authority administrative areas
  • Review levels and patterns of crime and related underlying factors
  • Establish and coordinate Local Policing Fora
  • Meet twice yearly (minimum)
  • Annual public meetings

 Are JPCs monitored? 

Chief Superintendent, Community Relations & Community Policing is in charge of monitoring the JPC process. The functions of the National JPC Monitoring Office include:-

  • Coordinating and advising on policy development
  • Providing information and literature where appropriate
  • Facilitating meetings and seminars
  • Attending JPC meetings
  • Managing a database of contact details and information about JPC meetings
  • Monitoring and reviewing internet information
  • Liaising with Police Services and Agencies

What are the responsibilities of JPCs?

All of the partners involved in JPCs have their own distinct perspective and inputs to offer. An Garda Síochána has adopted a proactive approach in developing and maintaining links with key stakeholders. It also provides Central Statistics Office and PULSE crime statistics and publishes a report.

The JPC partners also have their own responsibilities in ensuring that society’s policing needs are effectively met and safe and secure communities maintained.

How many JPCs are in operation?

An Garda Síochána Act 2005 provides for the establishment of a JPC in each of the 114 Local Authority administrative areas. Due to the innovative nature of the JPC scheme and the number to be established, a pilot phase is in operation in 29 Local Authority areas.

What matters cannot be discussed by JPCs?

Matters relating to a specific criminal investigation or prosecution or matters relating to the security of the State. (Section 36 (4), An Garda Síochána Act 2005).

JPCs may not discuss matters which may:-

  • Endanger security of individual(s)
  • Relate to an individual
  • Expose information received in confidence
  • Prejudice crime prevention or detection

What is the legal basis for JPCs?

Section 35 of An Garda Síochána Act 2005 provides for the establishment of JPCs.

Useful Links:

www.cso.ie
www.environ.ie
www.justice.ie
www.oireachtas.ie

The National JPC Monitoring Office can be contacted at:- 

National JPC Monitoring Office
Garda Bureau of Community Engagement
Garda Headquarters
Harcourt Square
Dublin 2
D02 DH42 

Tel: +353 1 6663823/14