THE chairman of Passage West’s Joint Policing Committee, Labour Party councillor Dave O’Byrne has said that he will reserve judgement on reports that the towns Garda station will be closed until after he has spoken with An Garda Siochana at the next meeting of the committee.
“Our next policing committee meeting is scheduled for the 10th of October and I have no doubt that the issue of the station closure will be the hot topic of the night,” said Cllr O’Byrne.
The Town’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) was first formed in 2009 and comprises of members of the town council, the Oireachtas and An Garda Siochana as well as locally appointed community representatives.
Cllr O’Byrne went on to say, “The JPC is supposed to be a link between the community and its policing force and it is the perfect forum for members of the community and local representatives to question An Garda Siochana about the service they provide.
“I know many people will have very strong feelings about the potential closure of the station in Passage West.
“The policing committee meetings are open to all of the public and anyone may address the meeting if they have something to say.
“On a personal level I feel that if there is a good management plan in place the station closure may not have any adverse impact on policing in the area,” he said.
The next joint policing committee meeting will take place in Passage West Town Hall on Monday 10th October at 8pm.
For further information or to submit a question to be answered at the meeting you can contact the chairman, Cllr David O’Byrne at email@example.com.