Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Questions (504)

Dominic Hannigan


504. Deputy Dominic Hannigan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his attention has been drawn to the reported anti-social behaviour problems in a town (details supplied) in County Meath; the measures that are being taken to tackle the problem; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5049/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the area referred to is within the Kells Garda District. Local Garda management is aware of the incidents referred to by the Deputy and I am advised that appropriate strategies are in place to prevent crime, and to respond to any public order offences and anti-social behaviour at that location. The area in question is regularly patrolled by local uniform patrols, which are augmented by the Regular and Detective Units from the District Headquarters of Kells together with the Divisional Traffic Unit and the Regional Support Unit as required.

Local Garda Management closely monitors the allocation of resources 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. I am informed that local Garda management is satisfied that a comprehensive policing service continues to be delivered and that current structures in place meet the requirement to deliver an effective and efficient policing service to the community