Dublin city is one of 15 local authority areas chosen to be part of a pilot scheme aimed at improving co-operation between local communities and police. The new joint policing committees, which will be made up of local authority and Oireachtas (national parliament) members as well as representatives from community and voluntary organizations, will share views with the garda on how to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour as well as monitoring crime levels. Garda commissioner at Dublins Store Street Station, Noel Conroy, said he believed the committees would have a positive impact on the reduction of crime and drug-related issues. The pilot project is to run for 12 months at a cost of 600,000.
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