Longford Local Community Safety Partnership
What is the Community Safety Partnership?
The Local Community Safety Partnership (LCSP) is a new government initiative that will bring together statutory services, the voluntary and community sector, local councillors and community members from around the county to work together to identify and tackle community safety issues that affect people here in Longford.
County Longford is one of three areas where the new Local Community Safety Partnerships are being piloted, the other two are Waterford City and County, and Dublin’s North Inner City Local Electoral Area. The Longford pilot is supported by the Department of Justice and Longford County Council.
Each LCSP will have an independent chairperson - Longford's Chair Ms Martina Moloney was appointed by the Minister for Justice in June 2021.
The project brings together residents, community representatives, business interests, councillors, local authorities and State services such as An Garda Síochána, Tusla and the HSE to devise and implement the Local Community Safety Plan.
What is included?
Community safety is a broad concept that goes beyond just policing and crime. It’s about people being and feeling safe in their communities, and it includes everything from visible Gardaí to safe places for children to play.
Community safety needs a multi-agency approach, where services work together to deliver on the needs of individual communities.
We also need the community, those who live and work there, to be a part of this. We think you and your local organisations can play an important role. We need your help to identify priorities, devise and implement solutions either as part of the Local Community Safety Partnership or the wider community network.
How will this work?
The Local Community Safety Partnership will give the community a stronger voice in identifying and tackling the issues that individuals, families, young people, business owners and all members of the community face. Representatives of the community will make up 51% of the members of the Local Community Safety Partnership, meaning community voices will be the majority.
The Local Community Safety Partnership will work with the community to identify local priorities and use these to develop a local community safety plan that will be delivered in a collaborative fashion by all stakeholders.
Longford LCSP March 2022 Public Consultation Results
What else do I need to know about this initiative?
- The Local Community Safety Partnership in Longford was established in September 2021
- The partnership is led by an independent chairperson - Ms Martina Moloney was appointed by the Minister for Justice in June 2021
- The partnership is supported by a full-time Community Safety Coordinator, based in Longford County Council
- The pilot project overall will run for 24 months
- Minister of Justice’s policy paper on Community Safety (published June 2021)
- Longford Community Safety Plan 2022-2024 was launched by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee TD on 19 September 2022