McEntee urges Meath people to have their say on the Future of Policing in Ireland

Minister for European Affairs and Meath East Fine Gael T.D. Helen
McEntee has urged the public in Meath to have their say on the Future
of Policing in Ireland before Wednesday 31st January 2018.

Minister McEntee said: “I echo the words of the Commission Chair
Kathleen O’Toole who said that members of An Garda Síochána have
served with dedication and courage since the foundation of our state
nearly 100 years ago. The public of Meath and Ireland deserve a Garda
service that is built on international best practices.  It should
provide the Meath and Irish public with the confidence to live and
work safely in their local communities, knowing that the local Garda
force is there with the right skills and resources if needed.”

Minister McEntee continued: “An Garda Síochána always has been, and
must continue to be, the police service of every citizen of Ireland.
The community’s total trust, respect, engagement and support of the
Gardai are, without question, essential to modern and effective
policing.”

Notes to Editor:

The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland is chaired by the
distinguished Irish American policewoman Kathleen O’Toole. She is the
Chief of Police for the Seattle Police Department, serving since June
23rd, 2014. She was the first female police commissioner of Boston,
Massachusetts, and was the first Chief Inspector of the Garda
Inspectorate.

The Commission encourages you to become involved in their work by
contacting them with your suggestions and comments on policing reform
in Ireland.

They are inviting submissions on all topics relevant to our terms of
reference on their website: www.policereform.ie

In order to assist them in carrying out their work within the
timeframe set down in their terms of reference they are asking for
your suggestions and comments as soon as possible and no later than
Wednesday, 31st January 2018.

You can email your submission to the Commission at submissions@policereform.ie

ENDS

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