Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (189)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

192 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the additional resources being allocated to Dublin city centre to deal with the increase in the number of serious assaults on persons over the past few months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34232/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice and Equality)

The Deputy will be aware that the Commissioner, in consultation with his senior management team, is responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, throughout the organisation and I have no function in the matter.

Garda management closely monitors this allocation of resources, including transfers and retirements, in the context of crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies in place on a District, Divisional and Regional level, to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public.

In this regard, I am informed by the Garda authorities that policing measures are in place to address the concerns raised by the Deputy. These include the designation of certain areas as hotspots for criminality and additional high visibility patrols being directed by local Garda management. In particular, a high visibility policing initiative has recently been reintroduced by Assistant Commissioner Dublin Metropolitan Region, including within the Dublin city catchment area. Dedicated high visibility patrols are conducted in key thoroughfares at strategic times, as dictated by crime trends and foot fall for these areas. These measures will be subject to close monitoring by local Garda management and will be continually reviewed to ensure they target prevailing trends.

The Gardaí also make effective use of CCTV in the city centre, with 44 CCTV cameras, monitored by Garda personnel from the Garda Camera Office on O'Connell Street, and a further 33 CCTV cameras monitored from Pearse Street Garda Station on a 24 hour basis. CCTV systems have proved to be of significant assistance in the prevention and detection of incidents of crime since their initial introduction.

I am further informed that situation is being kept under ongoing review and I can assure the Deputy that I am in regular contact with the Garda Commissioner with a view to ensuring that our streets are safe for all our citizens.