Not a good ex­am­ple

The Argus - - OPINION -

IT has been said be­fore, not this page, but the in­tro­duc­tion of Joint Polic­ing Com­mit­tees has been one of the suc­cess­ful el­e­ments in the re­form of lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

Last week’s an­nual meet­ing in the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel in Car­ling­ford again was a good ex­am­ple of democ­racy in ac­tion.

Any­one could at­tend the meet­ing which was open to mem­bers of the pub­lic where they could ask ques­tions to lo­cal Garda manage­ment in Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Christy Man­gan and Su­per­in­ten­dent Gerry Cur­ley.

We now get a clearer pic­ture of what is hap­pen­ing in terms of polic­ing in the county and have a clearer pic­ture of the level of crime car­ried out in the county.

Gar­dai have a che­quered his­tory with crime sta­tis­tics, if we re­call the breadth test con­tro­versy of the re­cent past, but the sta­tis­tics pre­sented last week are clear and un­der­stand­able and gives a true pic­ture of what is hap­pen­ing in the Dun­dalk Dis­trict over a pe­riod of time.

Head­line crimes in­cluded 89 se­ri­ous as­saults, 121 mi­nor as­saults, 33 sex­ual as­saults, 27 threats to the per­son, many of which are drugs re­lated.

Thirty-four ar­rests had been made in re­spect of pos­sess­ing drugs for sup­ply while 123 were ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of drugs for per­sonal use at 123.

The num­ber of peo­ple stopped and search was 974. Most of these searches re­lated to peo­ple sus­pected of hav­ing drugs or of­fen­sive weapons as well as searches of prop­erty car­ried out un­der war­rant.

Thirty peo­ple were ar­rested for car­ry­ing of­fen­sive weapons, 65 in­ci­dents of fraud, and 268 in­ci­dents of crim­i­nal dam­age, and 439 pub­lic or­der of­fences recorded.

There were 86 re­ports of miss­ing per­sons, which was a de­mand­ing is­sue which placed se­ri­ous pres­sure on garda re­sources, said Supt Cur­ley.

Dur­ing the first nine months of the year, there were 205 bur­glar­ies, 601 thefts, com­pris­ing 267 thefts from shops, 111 thefts from ve­hi­cles, 131 thefts (oth­ers), and 22 rob­beries.

A to­tal of 495 ve­hi­cles were seized by gar­dai for a va­ri­ety of of­fences in­clud­ing no in­sur­ance, no tax, and de­fects, as well as for in­volve­ment in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity. There were 520 traf­fic of­fences recorded.

These sta­tis­tics lay bare what is go­ing on in the Dun­dalk Garda Dis­trict and it is progress to have such de­tails re­vealed on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

The JPC meet­ings also give Garda manage­ment an op­por­tu­nity to lay out their strat­egy and ex­plain the prob­lems they ex­pe­ri­ence in re­la­tion to re­sources. I don’t like UFC and don’t much care for the be­hav­iour of Conor McGre­gor ei­ther, although I wish him no ill will and like to see any Ir­ish per­son do well in their cho­sen field.

Cer­tainly McGre­gor has achieved mas­sive suc­cess both sport­ing and fi­nan­cial.

Yet his an­tics and trash talk in the lead up to the week­end fight in Las Ve­gas were very un­pleas­ant and what hap­pened af­ter­wards with at­tacks on McGre­gor and his sup­port­ers were just dis­grace­ful.

How­ever much I say UFC and McGre­gor are not my cup of tea, there are thou­sands of com­mit­ted sup­port­ers, with plenty of Ir­ish sup­port­ers hav­ing trav­elled over to Las Ve­gas for the fight, while thou­sands more got up in the wee small hours of Sun­day morn­ing to watch the fight live, pay­ing a pre­mium of up­wards of €60 for the plea­sure.

How­ever you do have to have con­cerns for the ex­am­ple these UFC stars are set­ting for the young im­pres­sion­able minds that watch the sport with their brash be­hav­iour.

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