Joint Policing Committee Nominations

County Galway  PPN Seeks nominations for Joint Policing Committee
What is the Joint Policing Committee?
The purpose of the Joint Policing Committee is to provide a forum where matters that
affect policing in Galway can be discussed. Joint Policing Committees (JPCs) provide a dedicated forum to support consultation, cooperation and synergy on policing and crime issues between An Garda Síochána, local authority officials, elected representatives and the community and voluntary sectors. A JPC operates in each of the City, City and County and County Council areas.

JPCs operate under guidelines issued by the Minister for Justice and Equality after consultation with the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.  The Garda Commissioner has appointed Garda representatives to each of the JPCs in accordance with the guidelines.

Arising from a wide ranging review process which commenced in 2012 and taking into account the establishment of new local government arrangements, revised guidelines for the operation of JPCs were issued by the Minister in August 2014.

These guidelines emphasis the need for collaborative approaches between all stakeholders to address local issues. They also underline the need for enhanced communication between JPCs, which have a strategic coordinating role, and the full range of local and community based fora which can contribute to the enhancement of community safety and support effective policing responses.

Members of the Central Area Joint Policing Sub-Committee

Members of your Joint Policing Sub-Committee include:

  • Galway County Council
  • Senior members of An Garda Síochána
  • Councillors
  • Your elected members of Oireachtas na hÉireann (TDs and Senators)
  • Local community representatives

Meetings usually take place four times each year.

Nominate
Guidelines for groups in choosing nominees for election
In all cases we are seeking diversity in representatives in terms of gender, geography and experience.  We particularly welcome nominations from groups who are traditionally underrepresented in decision making.

  • Has the person got experience in the particular topic which they can bring to the table ?
  • Has the person got experience and knowledge of issues affecting groups in their sector i.e environmental, Social inclusion, Community and Voluntary etc?
  • Can that person make an effective contribution on committees etc?
  • Is the person willing to represent the views of all the groups who elect them, and not just their own?
  • Is the person willing to communicate with all interested PPN members regularly to discuss relevant issues?
  • Has the person the time to prepare for meetings (often involving reading large documents), attend meetings (which can be during day, evening or weekend time) and feedback to the groups who elected them?

In addition to the above, the following generic requirements must be met:

  • Elected representatives of Local Authorities cannot be nominated through this process.
  • If anyone nominated through this process subsequently decides to enter electoral politics he/she must immediately resign their PPN representative role and the relevant nominating PPN unit (Electoral College / Linkage Group) will choose a replacement.
  • A person who has been an elected representative of any level of Government (local or national) should not be chosen to represent PPN in any representative role for one year after completing their term of office.
  • Representatives will be expected to declare potential conflicts of interest. Employees or professionals, where significant conflict of interest occurs, cannot be nominated.
  • Groups who already have representational rights on a particular committee, cannot nominate to that committee (e.g. Farm organisations cannot nominate to a committee which already has a farming representative)

Specifically the role of the representative is to

  • Represent the PPN / Municipal Districts and be accountable to the PPN membership. They are not representing their own organisation.
  • Bring issues of relevance from the body that chose them to the policy making arena, and contribute to the work of the committee they are on.
  • Give feedback to the PPN on the outcomes of the policy meetings and the issues being raised.

Any queries or clarifications can be directed to ppp@galwaycoco.ie or 091-509579/509575.

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