Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (81)

Seymour Crawford

Question:

77 Mr. Crawford asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the decision of Thurles Town Council to engage security personnel confirms the need for a fully resourced community policing initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6294/04]

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

I have been informed by the Garda authorities who are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources that the following Garda community relations initiatives are in operation from Thurles Garda station: six Neighbourhood Watch schemes and three community alert schemes. I have been further informed by the Garda authorities that local Garda management are satisfied with the current policing arrangements in Thurles. These policing arrangements are separate from arrangements put in place by Thurles Urban District Council, or other local authorities, to deal with estate management or related issues within their remit.