South Tipperary has been left without a dedicated Crime Prevention Officer (CPO) for almost two years. But a renewed appeal has been made for the position to be filled immediately to help protect local businesses and vulnerable people in society.
Each garda division in the country should have a dedicated CPO, whose role it is to encourage, promote and advise on crime prevention to both the private and business community. But former Tipperary CPO Sgt Sean Sherlock was not replaced following his retirement in 2011. There was unanimous support at this month’s meeting of Clonmel Borough Council for the role in the Tipperary Division to be filled immediately. Waterford’s CPO is temporarily covering the entire Tipperary division, but this is not good enough, according to independent Cllr Darren Ryan, who was backed by his colleagues to write to the assistant garda commissioner for the South East, Jack Nolan, and the Gardai’s HR department, asking for an immediate appointment of a CPO.
“Currently the role is being covered by the CPO in Waterford, which doesn’t make sense when there are increased instances in burglaries affecting businesses and homes in the area,” said Cllr Ryan. Cllr Joe Leahy said he had written to justice minister in the past about the same issue but just received a generic response.