Update from Joint Policing Committee Meeting 1st April 2019

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Representative Feedback from Joint Policing 

Meeting held on 1st April 2019. This feedback covers the two key elements of the meeting, ie The Garda Siochána Report and Questions raised by members.


  1. Garda Report

Crime statistics for first quarter 2019.

In summary, all but one of the indicators reported upon improved over the same position in 2018.

The indicators are

  • Burglary
  • Vehicle theft
  • Shop theft
  • Thefts from vehicles
  • Assaults and
  • Public order offences.

The only indicator to increase is Criminal Damage which is up by 68%,  but from a very low base.

The Garda activity in Breath testing has led to an increase in Drink Driving arrests. Garda Breath Testing happens during all 24 hours of the day, 7 days per week.

Community Alert

The 2019 Policing Plan includes the suggestion that consideration be given to the amalgamation of Community Alert Schemes across the county. This might enhance the ability to track criminals across text alert areas.

A Garda Sergeant (Orla McGrath) has been appointed to lead on Community Engagement and an office will be set up in Drumshanbo in the near future. This office will provide services to the entire county.

Comments were made by committee members regarding the costs of Community Alert schemes being borne by the community itself.

Policing Drugs abuse, dealing and selling in the county

A Leitrim Drugs Unit will be set up within the next few months as per the outlined in the 2019 policing Plan. Details of the work of the Unit will be presented to the JPC later in the year.

  1. Questions to An Garda Siochána
  • Garda advice on security was requested to focus on attendees at Day Centres for the Elderly.
  • Advice sought on procedures and checks to identify Drug Trafficking in the County. Response was to advise JPC on the setting up of a Count-wide Drugs Unit.
  • Extent of Garda planning regarding the policing of the future Border in event of a no-deal Brexit.

This was the last meeting of the Joint Policing Committee before both the County Council Elections and the PPN Elections for future community representatives.

If you would like to know more about the Joint Policing Committee and Leitrim PPN Representation please get in touch by emailing info@leitrimppn.ie or phoning Tracy at 087 183 1253.




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