The functions and powers of Joint Policing Committees (JPCs) are set out in the Garda Síochána Act 2005, which provides for a Committee in each local authority area.
What are Joint Policing Committees?
Joint Policing Committees (JPCs) provide a dedicated forum to support consultation, cooperation and synergy on policing and crime issues between An Garda Síochána, local authority officials, elected representatives and the community and voluntary sectors. A JPC operates in each of the City, City and County and County Council areas.
Revised guidelines for the operation of JPCs
JPCs operate under guidelines issued by the Minister for Justice and Equality after consultation with the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. The Garda Commissioner has appointed Garda representatives to each of the JPCs in accordance with the guidelines.
Arising from a wide ranging review process which commenced in 2012 and taking into account the establishment of new local government arrangements, revised guidelines for the operation of JPCs were issued by the Minister in August 2014 – see below.
These guidelines emphasise the need for collaborative approaches between all stakeholders to address local issues. They also underline the need for enhanced communication between JPCs, which have a strategic coordinating role, and the full range of local and community based fora which can contribute to the enhancement of community safety and support effective policing responses.
The guidelines are presented in three formats:
- a summary of the revision made to the previous (2008) guidelines - Garda Síochána Act 2005 Joint Policing Committees Guidelines August 2014
- a consolidated version showing changes from the previous guidelines - Garda Síochána Act 2005 Joint Policing Committees Guidelines August 2014 and
- a complete version of the revised text- Garda Síochána Act 2005 Joint Policing Committees Guidelines August 2014 – Complete Revised Text.