Written Answers - Garda Operations.

Wednesday, 2 March 2005

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 598 No. 6

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  204.  Mr. F. McGrath  Information on Finian McGrath  Zoom on Finian McGrath   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   if he will report on strategies and action plans of the Garda Síochána to deal with anti-social behaviour in and around an estate (details supplied) in Dublin 9 and to develop community policing plans in 2005 for this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7264/05]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the area concerned is actively policed by gardaí from Clontarf Garda station and that extra gardaí have been allocated to community policing. I understand that community policing in the area is a central feature and a core value in policing policy. The unit has [1579]lead responsibility for policing in the area and has evolved a partnership approach to problem-solving with the community.

I understand that current policing plans in the area are predicated on the prevention of public order offences, the prevention of crime, including crimes of violence against persons and property, and the maintenance of an environment conducive to the improvement of the quality of life of local residents.

I have been assured by the Garda authorities that this strategy is, and will continue to be, central to the delivery of a policing service to the area in question.


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