Why get involved with your Local Policing Forum?
The local forums are where residents (whether tenants or owner-occupiers), workers and business owners in the area can have direct access to Senior Gardaí and Local Authority staff, to discuss/voice any concerns they may have regarding anti-social behaviour, estate or traffic management, the environment etc.
The main mechanism for this discussion are the public meetings, which are held several times a year by each Forum, and you can find details of all the upcoming public meetings at in the ‘Latest News’ section.
The Forums also aim to keep members of the public updated regarding the topics that have been brought up and what the relevant agencies have done about those. You can also get in touch directly with each Forum, all in the strictest of confidence, if you wish to bring anything to its attention prior to a public meeting.
Local Policing Forums (sometimes also called Community Policing Forums, or Community Safety Forums) were set up in accordance with the Local Policing Fora Guidelines, as set out in Section 36(2) of the Garda Siochana Act 2005 (amended in 2014). According to the Act, the main functions of Local Policing Forums include:
● Provision of a mechanism through which the community, the Gardai and the local authority (and public representatives, other statutory agencies and other stakeholders as required) come together in a formal structured way.
● Identifying issues of concern in relation to policing, anti-social behaviour and estate management.
● Developing guidelines and supports around how to manage the tensions and divisions that arise within communities as a result of anti-social impact of alcohol-related problems, drug-dealing and drug use.
● Providing feedback on progress and hold agencies accountable.
The Dublin South Central area includes four Local Policing Forums, All of these LPF’s also have a representative on the ‘Four Forums Network’, a unique collaboration of local policing fora, set up in 2016, to share learning around tackling local issues, which in many cases are very similar across the whole South Central area.
- SWIC Local Policing Forum March Public Meeting
- Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Local Policing Forum January Public Meeting
- Dublin 12 Local Policing Forum February Public Meeting
- Canals Local Policing Forum (Rialto) Public Meeting
- SWIC Local Policing Forum Autumn Public Meeting
How to report suspicions of drug dealing
Anyone wishing to pass on information on drug dealing should call the Crimestoppers freephone confidential number 1800 25 00 25 or the Garda Confidential freephone number 1800 666 111.
If you have information on drug dealing activity in your community you can telephone the freephone number. You will get through to a trained operator who will ask you for your information and nothing more. The calls are handled by staff that have been trained to deal with the sensitivities around the issue. You will not be asked for your name and your number will not be traced. No one will know that you have called.
The information gathered is passed on directly to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (GNDOCB) which assesses its usefulness. The GNDOCB passes relevant information on to the Gardaí in the specified area for investigation. The Gardaí can use the information to build a case against a known drug dealer, to investigate new allegations of drug dealing activity in a community or to make an arrest.
CYPSC Directory is an online directory for Child, Youth & Family Services in the Dublin area was developed by the 5 Dublin CYPSCs (CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE’S SERVICES COMMITTEES). The Directory marks a unique milestone for service information in the Dublin area, providing an ease of access to local service information.
You can find details of a huge variety of services provided for children, young people and families in your area in this directory.