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Tackling drugs, drug related crime and anti-social behaviour top priorities for Sinn Féin on Joint Policing Committees

3 August, 2007


Speaking today as Sinn Féin members Joint Policing Committees (JPCs) throughout the state met in Dublin, the Vice-Chairperson of the Dublin JPC Councillor Larry O’Toole said Sinn Féin will use the Joint Policing Committees as a tool in the fight against drugs, drug related crime and anti-social behaviour.

Councillor O’Toole said, “Our members from the Joint Policing Committees throughout the state are gathering here in Dublin today to formalise a strategy to make best use of the committees.

“Our key priorities will be to use the committees as a tool in the fight against drugs, organised crime and anti-social behaviour.  We view the Joint Policing Committees as key avenues for engagement with communities who must be at the core of the fight against criminality.  We will be ensuring that the committees reach out to the communities most affected by drugs and crime and we will be encouraging members of those communities to engage as fully as possible with them.

“It is essential that the communities give their account of the problems in their areas and offer their views of the best way to address those problems. It is even more essential that the committees listen to what they are being told and take it on board when developing plans to tackle these problems.

“As part of this approach Sinn Féin will be calling on all Joint Policing Committees throughout the state to hold a series of public meetings in their respective communities and we will be calling for the establishment of further JPCs in all local authority areas.” ENDS

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