Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (163, 164)

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

162 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when he will increase the number of gardaí available for all day foot and mobile patrols in the greater Dublin area, having particular regard to the commitment given prior to the general election 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6503/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The Garda authorities are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel. They have informed me that mobile, both uniform and plain clothes, carry out regular patrols throughout the Dublin metropolitan region.

The region's management places a great emphasis on foot patrols. It is Garda policy to ensure that as many personnel as possible are engaged on foot patrols and as further personnel resources become available, they are assigned to foot patrol duty. In addition, dedicated foot patrols are also in place by way of various operations and initiatives.

Mobile and foot patrols are continually reviewed to ensure that they address the policing needs of an area. They target areas of high crime and where public order issues frequently arise.

Garda management in the Dublin metropolitan region are satisfied that adequate personnel and resources are currently in place to meet policing needs.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

163 Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when he will increase the number of gardaí patrolling the Ballymun and Finglas areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6504/04]

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The Garda authorities are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel. They have informed me that the Ballymun and Finglas areas are patrolled by mobile and foot patrols on a 24 hour basis. This includes personnel from uniform units, detective units, divisional task force units and community police personnel.

Local Garda management in each area are satisfied with the current level of patrols. The capacity to respond to contemporary demands is kept under review and resources are deployed accordingly.

When additional personnel next become available the needs of Ballymun and Finglas Garda stations will be considered in the overall context of the needs of all stations.