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    Community Pic 8Community Engagement is at the heart of Policing

    Community policing aims to provide people in an area with their own dedicated Garda. Community Policing is a proactive, solution-based and community-driven form of policing. 

    Introduced in Ireland in November 1987, it has since been extended to cover most larger urban areas. 

    Community policing occurs where Gardaí and members of the community, and statutory and voluntary agencies, work together to:

    • Prevent crime
    • Prevent anti-social behaviour
    • Reduce the fear of crime
    • Promote inter-agency problem solving
    • Bring offenders to justice
    • Improve the overall quality of life

    Aims of Community Policing

  • To help the residents of the area to prevent crime by supporting crime prevention initiatives such as Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert.
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    ** Kindly note that all enquiries in relation to local policing issues should be referred to your local Garda Station.

    If you have any specific queries in relation to the National Model of Community Policing, the


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    Garda Bureau of Community Engagement

    Garda Headquarters

    Harcourt Square

    Dublin 2 D02 DH42

    Tel: +353 1 666 3806/08/09

    The Garda Charter “Working with our Communities” 

    The Garda Charter is available to download from this page in English, Irish and a number of other languages – please use the links on the right hand side. 

    The Garda Charter outlines An Garda Síochána’s commitment to honesty, accountability, respect and professionalism in all Garda dealings with members of the community. 


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    We will take special cognisance of the priorities and needs of local communities and endeavour to make them safer places to live, visit and work in.

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    Where can I get a copy of the Garda Charter? 

    The Charter is available to download here (use the links on the right hand side of the page) in English, Irish and a number of other languages. The Garda Charter is available in Braille from Inspector, Policy & Planning Unit. Tel: 01 666 7474  Copies of the Garda Charter will also be available in Garda Stations around the country. To see contact information for your local Garda Station, please click here 

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