On the 4th February 2016, An Garda Siochana will hold its Annual Community Policing Seminar at St Patricks College, Cathedral Street, Thurles.
The seminar will commence at 7pm. The Seminar, which is free, is open to all members of the community across Tipperary.
It will provide the public with an opportunity to receive crime prevention advice and hear from a number of speakers on areas of crime prevention, community engagement including Community Alert, Neighbourhood Watch, Text Alert, Business Watch associated with your area.
Commenting on the Community Policing Seminar, Chief Superintendent Catherine Kehoe said;
‘Building on the valuable insights from last year’s very successful event, this year we hope to outline our vision and commitment to the communities across Tipperary in 2016. This will include our key imperatives of crime prevention and community engagement strategy. An overview of our crime position at the end of year together with our policing commitment for this year will be presented”.
“In recognition of the outstanding contribution to the local community a number of community awards will be presented to nominated recipients on the night”.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Tipperary for their very valuable support and assistance to the Gardai in this Division over the past year and I look forward to meeting them on the night”.
Community Crime Prevention programmes incorporating Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert schemes were established in Ireland in 1985 and have enjoyed widespread support and appeal amongst all communities.
Following a review in 2013 by An Garda Siochana and Munitir Na Tire a number of proposals emerged to assist in promoting and supporting Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert Schemes including the launch of text alert and business watch schemes.
An Garda Siochana Policing Plan 2016 has identified under ‘Community Safety, - Improve public safety through enhanced community engagement and high visibility roads policing as a key goal. The importance of community based policing by working closely with communities; particularly in isolated areas is a key priority for us in 2016.
The seminar will be open and interactive and will offer an opportunity for anyone who wishes to discuss their concerns and share their information in a community setting. Ample parking is available at St Patricks College and all are welcome.