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Submission on the Draft Policing Priorities for 2019

We welcome the draft Policing Priorities for 2019, including the focus on organisation development, data quality, cybercrime, human trafficking, sexual offences, domestic violence, vulnerable victims, hate crime, community policing and crime prevention. As highlighted by the Policing Authority, these Priorities are important because they influence the annual Policing Plan which sets out the actions, commitments and targets to be achieved by An Garda Síochána (AGS) in 2019.

We recognise that the Policing Priorities relate to the full breadth of activities carried out by AGS and their engagement with all members of the public.  However, in light of our statutory function to promote the rights and welfare of children up to the age of 18 years, this submission on the draft Policing Priorities for 2019 focuses on highlighting issues of particular relevance to children’s engagement with AGS.