Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (586)

Eoghan Murphy


600 Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he is satisfied that there are sufficient policing numbers for the O’Connell Street area; if his attention has bean drawn to any increase in public order offences or anti social behaviour; his views on whether the area is safe for tourists and those working there, and if any specific actions are being considered for the area. [35201/12]

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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.

I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that a range of policing measures are in place to address crime, including public order offences, and anti-social behaviour in the area concerned, including any changes in crime trends. These include regular patrols by uniform and plain-clothes units, as well as additional high-visibility patrols directed by local Garda management and a number of targeted operational initiatives. Incidents of public disorder and anti-social behaviour are dealt with by way of juvenile or adult caution, fixed charge penalty notice or by criminal proceedings.

The Garda also make effective use of CCTV in the city centre, and these have provided to be of significant assistance in the prevention and detection of incidents of crime since their introduction.

Garda management keep all of these measures under continuing review with the aim of delivering an efficient and effective policing service and promoting the safety of residents and visitors alike.