First Discussion Document - 'Crime Prevention and Community Safety' - Summary of Consultation Outcomes
In January 2010 the Minister for Justice and Equality, Mr. Dermot Ahern TD, published two documents summarising the feedback received on the White Paper on Crime Discussion Document, 'Crime Prevention and Community Safety' (July 2009).
The first of these documents outlines the written responses received by the Department following public advertisements for submissions. The second, prepared by the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) records the views expressed at regional consultation seminars organised by the Department during 2009. These documents are available in PDF format or as html from the links below. Hard copies are available on request.
Issues raised during the consultation include:
- the need for measures to tackle the underlying causes of crime
- co-ordination of crime prevention efforts between the relevant agencies
- community policing and communications between An Garda Síochána and the public
- community partnerships to prevent crime and improve quality of life
- the contribution of technology and building design to crime prevention
- the role played by alcohol and drug abuse in offending
- protection for elderly and isolated members of the community
- intervention with children and parents to prevent young people becoming involved in crime
- strategies to reintegrate offenders and reduce future offending
- greater use of community-based sanctions and restorative justice
- resourcing crime prevention measures
- the need for improved research and statistics on crime in Ireland