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Dr Johnny Connolly’s report, Building Community Resilience, recently feature on the Six One News. The report gives  a rare and detailed insight into ‘criminal networks’ The networks are often characterised as a large, loose grouping of street drug dealers and runners and a more organised layer of bosses or “key players”. Dr Connolly was commissioned by four local policing fora in Dublin South Central, a large area running from Kevin St to Ballyfermot and from James’s St to Drimnagh and Crumlin. Building upon the work of the Greentown study, his work involved mapping known criminals and their associations with other criminals and discussing these individuals confidentially with local gardaí. The study identified about 650 people, then pared them down to two identifiable criminal networks across the area, the first comprising 44 individuals and the second 52 individuals, including a large number of teenagers in the 15-17 age bracket.