Thursday, 25 November 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
Minister for Justice and Law Reform (Deputy Dermot Ahern): I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the area referred to is within the Clontarf Garda sub-district and that local Garda Management is aware of difficulties being experienced by local residents as a result of anti-social behaviour, particularly by young people who frequent bars and late-night food outlets in this area.
The area is the subject of regular patrols, particularly over week-ends, by uniform and plain-clothes officers including the Community Policing and Garda Mountain Bike Units, District Detective and Drugs Unit personnel, supplemented as required, by the Divisional Crime Task Force and Traffic Corps personnel. Many of these patrols specifically target anti-social behaviour. Local Garda Management closely monitors such patrols and other operational strategies in place to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources and that the best possible Garda service is provided to the public and that the policing needs of the communities in these areas are met.
Current policing plans in the area are designed to address issues including 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 quality of life of the residents of the area. Community policing is a central feature and core value of policing policy, which will continue in the delivery of a policing service to the area in question.
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