New Year 2021 News
| We understand that lockdowns are difficult for most people, especially|
so for the more vulnerable members of society. Community Call is a
collaboration between local authorities, An Garda Siochána and local
community groups, to help elderly or vulnerable members of the
community during the Covid pandemic.
Community Call helplines can provide:
· Delivery of food, medication, fuel or other household items
· Someone to talk to or keep in touch with
· Other practical supports, signposts and referral to reliable information
Dublin City Council Community Call helpline contact details:
(01) 222 8555 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
With public meetings still unable to take place during the extended Covid restrictions, Local Policing Forums are thinking of new ways to connect with members of the public. We still hold regular management committee meetings online, and have tried to ensure that committee memberships reflect the whole area and that community leaders are able to bring to the Forum any community safety issues that may be causing concern. We have also reached out to our mailing lists to ask people to get in touch if they wish us to highlight anything to An Gárda Siochána, or to Dublin City Council.
Another recent development is that since January 2021, all of the four Local Policing Forums are now fully represented on the Dublin South Central Joint Policing Committee, and input to the JPC report each quarter. This means that persistent community safety issues, that cannot be solved locally, can now be highlighted at a higher level.
Halloween Message from the Local Policing Forums
This year has seen very few public meetings which for the most part have not been allowed due to Covid-restrictions. The Local Policing Forums are still active, however, with management committees having regular meetings online. The run-up to Halloween can be a worrying time and members of public are encouraged to contact their local Gardai in complete confidence if they witness crime, antisocial behaviour or sale of fireworks in their area. In an emergency 999 should be called. Those in areas covered by Kevin Street and Kilmainham Gárda Stations can email the Gárda Community Engagement Office on DMRsouthcentral.email@example.com for non-emergency, quality-of-life concerns. Dublin 12 Local Policing Forum has also produced this two-page Halloween Community Safety Leaflet, which was delivered to homes in Drimnagh and Crumlin:
Building Community Resilience – A Dublin South Central project tackling persistent anti-social behaviour
Building Community Resilience began as an initiative of the Four Forums Network, a partnership between the four policing forums in Dublin South Central. The 4 Forums commissioned research undertaken by Dr Johnny Connolly of the University of Limerick into the impact of anti-social behaviour connected to criminal networks across Dublin South Central.
The research led to the development of a strategy to tackle the issue. The strategy involves a partnership approach to tackling anti-social behaviour in the worst affected parts of the community and directly intervening with those causing the harm – often young people who are themselves in need of specialised supports.
Dublin City Council, which funded the research is now the lead agency in the project to deliver this strategy. Local Policing Forum representatives, An Garda Síochana, City of Dublin Youth Services Board and Tusla are all part of the management committee for the project. The committee is chaired by Mary Taylor, Head of Services in Dublin South Central, and the project work is coordinated by Peter Dorman of Community Action Network.
All Public Offices of Garda stations remain open. However, if you need to contact An Garda Síochána please consider the following:
You can report the theft of property (in certain circumstances) up to a value of €1000 online, please go to this link
If you need to renew a passport, a Passport Card, or apply for a Passport Card this service may be available using the Online Passport Renewal Service.
Other means of reporting information to An Garda Síochána:
Garda Confidential Line – 1800 666 111
Traffic Watch – 1890 205 805
Crimestoppers Freefone – 1800 250 025
Bribery and Corruption Confidential Reporting Line – 1800 40 60 80
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.
- New Year 2021 News
- 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
New Drug Trend – Nitrous Oxide
A trend has emerged among young people in particular of increased use of nitrous oxide, during during the Covid-19 lockdown. Canisters of this can be seen littering many areas; these are designed to be used in catering, by dentists, and for filling balloons. When inhaled, nitrous oxide brings on a short ‘high’ in users. It is not currently illegal to use or own this substance. It does, however, fall under the Psychoactive Substances Act of 2010, and Gardaí have made seizures on this ground, as well as going after some of the main dealers for proceeds of crime. Many young people, and even some adults, do not see inhaling nitrous oxide gas as harmful, but it has caused a small number of deaths already, and freezing of airways can also occur as a result of inhalation. Local Drug and Alcohol Task Forces have collaborated with Gardaí in harm reduction around this trend.
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.