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
- Your elected members of Oireachtas na hÉireann (TDs and Senators)
- Local community representatives
Meetings usually take place four times each year.