Members of the Commission on the Future of Policing met last night with members of the public, local community groups and elected representatives in the Public Services Centre, Letterkenny, last night where a range of policing issues were raised.
The open evening comes as part of a public engagement programme the Commission is carrying out across the country to get people’s views on the future of policing.
Attendees included local councillors, members of Joint Policing Commissions, members of the Public Participation network, administrators, a retired sergeant, community activists and domestic violence groups.
Last night’s Donegal meeting was the third open evening that has taken place, with one in Athlone before Christmas and one in Carrick-on-Shannon on Wednesday.
Open evenings will continue in other parts of the country over the coming weeks. The Commission also visited Garda stations in the local area yesterday as part of its outreach programme.
The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland was established by Government in May 2017 to develop a blueprint for policing in Ireland into the future.
The Commission is tasked with undertaking an independent, comprehensive examination of all aspects of policing in Ireland, including all functions currently carried out by An Garda Síochána, as well as the full range of oversight bodies.
The Chairperson of the Commission, Kathleen O’Toole said she wanted to thank those who came out to engage with the Commission and who shared their views on the future of policing.
“The opinions of the people of Letterkenny and those we will meet across Ireland in the coming months, will be central to informing the Commission’s deliberations.
“Through these public meetings and our call for submissions, the Commission wants to stimulate a genuine national conversation on the future of policing in Ireland – so we would encourage everyone who didn’t get the chance to meet us in Carrick-on-Shannon to send us their views and opinions.”
Members of the public are invited to make submissions online at policereform.ie before the deadline of January 31st 2018.Tags: