Written Answers. - Garda Investigations.

Ivor Callely

Question:

130 Mr. Callely asked the Minister for Justice if she has satisfied herself that there is sufficient personnel in the Garda Síochána to respond immediately and investigate all reported crime in the Dublin Metropolitan Area; her understanding of the Garda response to and investigation of a reported house burglary; the average length of time from the initial report of a house burglary to the time the gardaí arrive to investigate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9297/97]

I am directed by the Garda authorities that all calls received for Garda assistance are responded to as speedily as possible. All calls received in the Dublin Metropolitan Area are entered on a central command and control computer system, allocated a priority rating in accordance with the level of response required and dealt with in that rotation by available Garda units.

The time taken to respond to non-emergency calls can vary and depends on the circumstances pertaining at any given time, including availability of units; time of day; current demands — emergency and non-emergency; volume of traffic and many other factors.