A range of supports are needed to remove people from negative networks and anti-social behaviour.
Packie Kelly from teach na Daoine was speaking after a week of commentary surrounding an incident in Ballyfermot in Dublin.
A Garda car was rammed in Cherry Orchard in an incident documented on social media.
Packie says wider issues need to be addressed, instead of stern reactions just about the need for additional policing.
Speaking on The Wider View, he said the positives in disadvantaged communities don't get mentioned enough.