The Garda Síochána Act 2005 (Section 36) provides for the establishment of a Joint Policing Committee (JPC) in each local authority. The purpose of these committees is to provide a forum where a local authority and the senior Garda Officers responsible for policing that area can consult, discuss and make recommendations on matters of policing that area.
The Committee is comprised of Elected Members, members of An Gardaí, Community representatives from the Public Participation Network, Farming and Business representatives as well as Oireachtas member.
"The Joint Policing Committee's function is to serve as a forum for consultations, discussions and recommendations on matters affecting the policing of the local authority's administrative area,
The matters to be considered by the committee and subcommittee might include traffic, vandalism, anti-social behaviour, underage drinking, casual trading, litter, planning for events attracting large crowds, community-based crime prevention initiatives, Garda Divisional and District annual policing plans and local authority initiatives".
Community Safety Meetings take place at Municipal District level and these link in to the Joint Policing Committee which meets 4 times per year.