The Minister for Justice says a new policing initiative for Longford will not become another 'talking shop'
Pilot schemes being launched today in Longford, Waterford and Dublin's north inner city will allow locals draw up policing plans.
A report released two years ago sharply criticised the existing Joint Policing Committee system, saying some were run as "talking shops" with "no clear agenda".
Businesses, residents and local politicians will be part of the new committees, along with state agencies including Gardaí, Tusla and the HSE.
The new Community Safety Partnership initiative is being trialed in areas picked for their crime rates, levels of deprivation, and population density.
Speaking on the Joe Finnegan Show, Helen McEntee says that additional resources will be provided for the Longford schemes: