Open invite to attend Offaly Joint Policing Committee Annual Public Meeting

Meeting on Thursday, October 7 to be followed by a Safer Communities Seminar

By Offaly Express Reporter


By Offaly Express Reporter


All encouraged to attend Offaly Joint Policing Committee Annual Public Meeting

JPC Sub committee preparing for Public meeting

The Offaly Joint Policing Committee will hold its Annual Public Meeting at 5.30 pm on Thursday, October 7 followed by a Safer Communities Seminar from 7pm to 9pm in the Tullamore Court Hotel.

Cllr Eddie Fitzpatrick, Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council and Chairperson of the Joint Policing Committee, has announced the final format of the above events.

Cllr Fitzpatrick encourages everyone to come to the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) annual public meeting at 5.30 pm and to the Safer Communities Seminar which will be on immediately afterwards in the Court Hotel. The Cathaoirleach in launching the Safer Community Seminar commented, “holding of the seminar is timely as we head into the winter months, and will give good information on how we can all help to build Safer Communities.”

Chief Superintendent John Scanlon noted, “we are pleased with the questions received for consideration at next Thursday’s Public Meeting.”

The Safer Communities Seminar will take the form of short presentations by the Local Garda Crime Division, IFA Theft Stop, Community Text Alert, Road Safety Authority and Offaly Fire Service, followed by a panel discussion which can take questions from the floor, to be chaired by Cllr Fitzpatrick.

Cllr Fitzpatrick stated, “the main aim of Offaly’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) is to provide a forum where Offaly County Council and the senior Garda Officers responsible for the policing of Offaly, with the participation of the local Oireachtas members and community interests, can consult, discuss and make recommendations on matters affecting policing in the county.” He further elaborates – “we are also holding a Safer Communities Seminar later on, both as an action point in the JPC Strategy, and to respond to community safety concerns expressed during consultation last year for the new Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021, recently launched by Minister Simon Coveney, TD.”

Anna Marie Delaney, Chief Executive, Offaly County Council, welcomes the events and encourages all interested parties to attend the JPC Public Meeting at 5.30pm and the Safer Communities Seminar from 7pm.

She advised, “various ‘safer communities’ information stands will be available from 4.00pm to 9.00 pm. As well as organisations presenting at the seminar, we welcome exhibition displays from Muintir na Tire, Age Friendly Ireland, Offaly Citizens Information Services, the Ballycommon Friendly Call Service, Local Link Laois Offaly (rural transport), and the Midland Regional Drugs and Alcohol Taskforce. Home care/repair organisations such as South and West Offaly Home Fix, North Offaly Care and Repair and Tullamore Social Services will also be there. We thank all organisations involved and look forward to welcoming a wide audience next Thursday evening, October 6 to the Tullamore Court Hotel.”

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