25 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Clones public representative Pat Treanor has asked the Co Monaghan Joint Policing Committee to focus at a future meeting on the supports that can be made available to assist young people at risk of becoming involved in crime or anti-social behaviour.
Speaking when the Co JPC met on Monday last, Colr Treanor expressed concern that increases in cutbacks in services were having an adverse effect on such programmes as the Garda Diversion Scheme, which supported young people at risk of criminal involvement.
He also thought the JPC should focus on the risks posed to the young by drug-taking and drink. He thought these were problems the Committee needed to deal with – he had parents talking about the possibility that a certain level of tolerance existed towards the availability of drugs, and people needed to be reassured that everything possible was being done.Carol Lambe of Monaghan Co Council’s Community & Enterprise Section suggested that the Gardaí could be requested to give a presentation on the Diversion Scheme they operated to a future meeting.
Colr Treanor said he had recently visited a very good project in Dundalk which involved the Gardaí and the local Youth Club, and had input from the HSE, doctors and teachers. This seemed a very sensible way of identifying youth at risk and ensuring there were supports for them.
When Colr Aidan Murray asked if there was a more effective way for the JPC to deal with such issues, Monaghan Co Council Director of Corporate Affairs Paul Clifford pointed out that the JPC was supporting the Don’t Pour Your Dreams Away initiative against teenage alcohol abuse every year. It was also …

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