Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (181)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

181. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will instruct the Garda Commissioner to ensure that additional Garda patrols will be in place during Hallowe'en night in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 13. [44994/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Garda Commissioner is responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel, throughout the organisation and I have no 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.

A policing plan for the Halloween period is in place throughout the Dublin Metropolitan Region, including the Coolock sub-district. This plan is designed to address all aspects associated with the policing of the period concerned including the prevention and detection of sale of fireworks, and anti-social behaviour. Local Management are satisfied that sufficient resources will be deployed during Halloween night in the area referred to and current policing policy in the area is predicated on the prevention of public order offences, the prevention of crime including crimes of violence against persons and property and the maintenance of an environment conducive to the improvement of quality of life of the residents of the area.