Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Questions (487)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

487. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the policing strategy and resources in place for the upcoming St. Patrick's bank holiday weekend; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13028/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the detailed allocation of all resources, including personnel, throughout the organisation and I have no direct function in the matter. This allocation of resources is constantly monitored in the context of demographics, 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. However I have been informed by the Garda authorities that policing plans have been put in place, by Senior Garda Management, in each Division and District to ensure appropriate arrangements are made and resources are available to police the upcoming St. Patrick’s bank holiday weekend. Local Garda Management liaise closely with local communities, local authorities, event-organisers and other stakeholders in putting plans in place to address the issues that arise around the St. Patrick’s bank holiday period. Local Garda Management also liaise closely with the event-organisers when considering and determining the appropriate deployment of Garda resources at such events.