The Building Community Resilience Report
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Research for the report was carried out by Dr Johnny Connolly of the University of Limerick and launched in December 2019.
The report describes the shape of the networks behind persistent anti-social behaviour based on interview with Gardaí and the impact they have on the community. This involves conversations between the researcher and the Gardaí that enable the researcher to map the network anonymously. It also describes and evaluates the community-based responses to these networks, particularly the Local Policing Forums and Joint Policing Committee. It then proposes a basic strategic direction which is the basis of the BCR project.
The main findings are:
- That there are two identifiable networks in Dublin South Central.
- Only around 2% of the population have any involvement – yet the impact of their activities is extreme.
- The impact is felt most acutely in some “hotspot” areas within the community.
- The required response needs to be strategic, built on collaborative effort by a range of parties and based on a combination of controlling unacceptable behaviour and outreaching to offenders.
- Success should be judged primarily on a change in the quality of life for all those impacted by persistent anti-social behaviours.
- The strategy should be aligned with the vision and programme set out in the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland Report.