Anger Expressed Towards The Failure To Progress Roscrea Community CCTV Scheme

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The Chair of the Tipperary Joint Policing Committee is expressing anger at the failure to progress the Roscrea Community CCTV scheme to a point where it was submitted to the Garda Commissioner for approval over the last number of years.

The final meeting of the Tipperary JPC, which consists of all 5 TDs, 15 nominated councillors and representatives from the community, farming and business sectors alongside the Chief Superintendent Aileen Magner and 5 Tipperary based Superintendents took place today in Tipperary town.  The Department of Justice is to roll out new Community Safety Partnerships to replace the JPC with each Partnership having 2 full time staff within the council and an Independent Chairperson instead of a Councillor   as at present.

Cllr Noel Coonan, the outgoing Chair, welcomed confirmation today that Burgess, Birdhill Killeens and Littleton CCTV Schemes have secured approval from the Garda Commissioners Office. Schemes for Nenagh, Clonmel and Fethard are awaiting approval from the Garda Commissioner. Cllr Coonan expressed anger and disbelief that the Roscrea application has not yet been forwarded for approval to the Commissioner. Director of Services with Tipperary County Council Brian Beck says the Roscrea and Carrick on Suir applications will now be subject to the process in the new Council Policy on CCTV which states that a clear funding stream must be in place before the application will be submitted.