Community Policing is a proactive, solution-based and community-driven form of policing.
Introduced in Ireland in November 1987, it has sincebeen extended to cover most larger urban areas.
Community policing occurs where Gardaí and members of the community and statutory and voluntary agencies work together to:
- Prevent crime
- Prevent anti-social behaviour
- Reduce the fear of crime
- Promote inter-agency problem solving
- Bring offenders to justice
- Improve the overall quality of life
Aims of Community Policing
- To provide the people in an area with their own dedicated Garda, someone with whom they can discuss everyday occurrences and build up a strong and supportive personal relationship.
- To help the residents of the area to prevent crime by supporting crime prevention initiatives such as Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert.
- To work with other social agencies in the area to help curb crime and vandalism.
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