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Lalor to meet Inishowen Garda chief 08.02.08

A BUNCRANA councillor will meet next week with the local Garda Superintendent to call for a partnership approach to community policing.
Sinn Féin's Cllr. Daren Lalor will meet Supt. Jimmy Coen to persuade him to establish a Joint Policing Committee (JPC) in the town as a matter of urgency.
"My party and I believe that it is critically important that a genuine partnership exists between our communities and An Garda Síochána. It also important that the Gardaí are accountable to local communities and public representatives," said Cllr. Lalor. "During 2007, 29 Joint Policing Committees were established in pilot local authority areas across the State. It is now the Minister for Justice, Brian Lenihan's stated intention to establish the remaining 85 JPCs early this year."
JPC's may include community and voluntary group members, councillors, TDs and senators, Garda officers and the local authority manager.
Their function is to serve as a forum for discussion and consultation on local policing matters. They are required to submit an annual report to the local authority and the minister.
Cllr. Lalor added: "I'm confident from my dealings so far with the Superintendent, that through the roll out of the local JPC we will be able to deliver focused engagement between members of our community and the Garda Síochána. This, in turn, creates better understanding of the role of the Garda and creates better accountability structures. The good news for Inishowen is that it is one of the statutory functions of a JPC to host public meetings, something Letterkenny Town Council has already successfully done through their own JPC last year."
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