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Garda Commissioner Harris to address joint JPC meeting in Dunleer

Drew Harris
Garda Commissioner Drew Harris. Photo Credit: Liam McBurney/Press Association.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris will address a combined meeting of Louth’s Joint Policing Committees in Dunleer next month.

Commissioner Harris will speak to members of the committees – which include councillors, local authority officials, TDs and community representatives, as well as the superintendents of the three districts in Louth and Chief Superintendent for Louth Christy Mangan.

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It is anticipated that Commissioner Harris will make a presentation to those in attendance on the new policing model, as well as take questions from elected and community representatives.

The invitation to invite Commissioner Harris to Louth was made on foot of the last meeting of the JPC steering committee at County Hall last month. The steering group contains Louth County Council chief executive Joan Martin, cathaoirleach Liam Reilly, Chief Superintendent Mangan and the the three cathaoirleachs of the regional JPCs – Jim Tenanty (Ardee), James Byrne (Drogheda) and Sean Kelly (Dundalk).

Last year, Commissioner Harris unveiled plans for a restructure of An Garda Siochana’s operating model. Under a proposed new model, the Louth division would merge with Cavan/Monaghan – while the regional headquarters for those three counties would be located in Drogheda.

Changes to the model in these counties have not yet come in effect as the Commissioner has previously said he wanted to wait to receive clarity on Brexit before making changes to divisions along the border.

Commissioner Harris visited Monaghan earlier this month to make a similar presentation to the Monaghan JPC and he is also due to appear before the Kildare JPC in the coming weeks.

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