The value of public meetings organised by the Wicklow County Council Joint Policing Committee (JPC) was stressed by Committee Chair, Cllr Jim Ruttle, when the JPC met in Ballywaltrim in Bray last week.
The purpose of the meeting held last Wednesday in Ballywaltrim Community Hall was to give the community a forum in which they could make their views known, ask questions and share their concerns in relation to the prevention of crime in their area.
The meeting was very well attended and those present heard about the specialist services provided by the Gardai in the Bray District and the partnership between the Gardai, the Community and Wicklow County Council in tackling crime.
Superintendent Pat Ward gave a presentation to the meeting on the level and pattern of crime in the area and the work of the Gardai as regards crime prevention.
Committee Chair, Cllr Jim Ruttle, complimented the work of the Gardai and referred to the excellent work ongoing by the sub-committees of the JPC in the areas of Policing Communities, Tackling Crime in Rural Areas, Drug Prevention and Communications.
He said that the “value of public meetings and the JPC reaching out to engage with communities cannot be undervalued and thanked the people of Ballywaltrim for their interest in contributing to the process. The message from the JPC to the community is that policing should not be left solely to the Gardai but is a matter for all”.
Members of the public were encouraged by the Gardai to be proactive in reporting crime and asked for the co-operation of the community in crime prevention in their area.
The Gardai also reminded people about the Wicklow Garda Youth Awards 2017, an initiative to recognise the great work being done by young people in every community throughout County Wicklow, and that applications can be returned to Emma Skinner, Juvenile Liaison Officer, Bray Garda Station, Convent Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow, by December 4th.