Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (480)

Michelle Mulherin

Question:

480. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will consider extending the pilot community text alert scheme to all rural areas where a Garda station has closed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9625/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that text alert systems may be used by Gardaí, via Community Alert or other such groups, to alert the community in relation to suspicious activity or vehicles in their area, appeal for information, inform the community about road closures or to provide crime prevention advice. The content of the messages sent are vetted locally by An Garda Síochána.

I am advised that An Garda Síochána is currently examining text alert systems to determine whether it is feasible to roll out such systems nationally.