Local Community Safety Partnership


Have YOUR Say on Community Safety…

We are hosting a Community Consultation Session for the new pilot Community Safety Project for your area.  The sessions will take place Online.  Registration is necessary to secure your place.  To register please click https://eur.cvent.me/o798Z

The session will take place on 30 June at 5.30 pm. Should you have difficulty registering, please contact Colette on 0761 10 2016 or cobrien@waterfordcouncil.ie


Community Safety Project explained

The Local Community Safety Partnership is a new government initiative which will bring together statutory services, the voluntary and community sector, local councillors and community members to work together to identify and tackle community safety issues locally. New Local Community Safety Partnerships will be piloted first in three areas: Waterford City and County, Longford County, and Dublin’s North Inner City Local Electoral Area. The Waterford pilot is supported by the Department of Justice and Waterford City and County Council.

Community safety is a broad concept that goes beyond just policing and crime. It’s about people being and feeling safe in their communities, and it includes everything from visible Gardaí to safe places for children to play. Community safety needs a multi-agency approach, where services work together to deliver on the needs of individual communities. We also need the community, those who live and work there, to be a part of this. We think your organisation can play an important role. We need your help to identify priorities, devise and implement solutions either as part of the Local Community Safety Partnership or the wider community network.

How will this work?

The Local Community Safety Partnership will give the community a stronger voice in identifying and tackling the issues that individuals, families, young people, business owners and all members of the community face. Representatives of the community will make up 51% of the members of the Local Community Safety Partnership, meaning community voices will be the majority.

The Local Community Safety Partnership will work with the community to identify local priorities and use these to develop a local community safety plan that will be delivered in a collaborative fashion by all stakeholders.

What else do I need to know about this initiative?

  • The Local Community Safety Partnership will be set up in the Waterford City and County area in the coming months
  • The Local Community Safety Partnership will bring together residents, community representatives, business interests, councillors, the voluntary sector, local authorities and state services such as An Garda Síochána, Tusla and the HSE to devise and implement the Local Community Safety Plan.
  • The partnership will have an independent chairperson
  • The Pilot project overall will run for 24 months

 

Minister of Jutice's policy paper on Comunity Safety (published June 2021)