The School of Law hosted a very successful research roundtable symposium event on Thursday the 21st April 2022 at the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick. This event was funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) and the Policing Authority under the New Foundations awards scheme which brings researchers and community organisations together to collaborate on projects that will have a tangible impact on societal and community issues. The attendees were addressed by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler TD and Minister of State at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Niall Collins TD. Superintendent Andrew Lacey who is the implementation team leader for Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and Community Safety Co-Response Model in the Ireland organised the event as the research awardee with the Irish Research Council.
The event included international collaborators, experts and practitioners in the field of crisis intervention and examined the compatibility of International Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) and Community Safety Co-Response Models in the Irish Jurisdiction. A ground-breaking co responder pilot is proposed to be rolled out in Limerick/Mid-West involving AGS & the HSE. This follows a recommendation included in The Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland (CoFPI) report published in 2018. Representatives from the HSE (Health Service Executive), An Garda Siochana, The Policing Authority (CEO Ms Helen Hall & Chairperson Bob Collins), Police Scotland, Toronto Police, Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Framingham PD Boston Massachusetts, University of Limerick, Department of Justice, Department of Health, Worcester State University and William James College Massachusetts attended.