The Joint Policing Committee for county Tipperary is to meet today. The committee is made up of Public Representatives, Community and Business interests, members of An Garda Siochána and Tipperary County Council.
This week has seen two TDS raise the issue of public safety in Tipperary in the Dáil. Deputy Mattie McGrath and Jackie Cahill expressed concerns for the safety of Garda personnel, the accuracy of crime figures, the level of antisocial behaviour in some town centres, the issue of trespass in rural communities and the prevalence of illegal drugs across the county.
There are 399 Garda stationed the county at present. New structures are being put in place within An Garda Siochána and a number of personnel changes will take effect from Monday October 17th Chief Superintendent Derek Smart is leaving Thurles and will now be based in Henry Street in Limerick.
Colm O’Sullivan, the new Chief for the Tipperary and Clare Divisions will be based in Ennis. A new post of Regional Chief Superintendent for Tipperary, Clare, Limerick, Cork and Kerry will operate from Monday and the post holder Brian Sugrue will be based in Thurles. Following promotions Superintendent Ciara Lee will be assigned to the Garda College, Templemore and Superintendent Oliver Baker is assigned to Nenagh Garda District.
The following appointments have taken place in the Limerick division in line with the Garda Operating Model:
Superintendent Aileen Magner, Newcastle West Garda Station, responsibility for Limerick City North Community Engagement Functional Area.
Superintendent Andrew Lacey, Roxboro Road Garda Station, responsibility for Limerick City South Community Engagement Functional Area.
Superintendent Paul Reidy, Newcastle West Garda Station, responsibility for Limerick County Community Engagement Functional Area.
Superintendent Dermot O’Connor, Henry Street Garda Station, responsibility for Limerick Crime Functional Area.
Superintendent Kieran Ruane, Mayorstone Park Garda Station, responsibility for Limerick Performance Assurance Functional Area.