Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Questions (144)

Joe Higgins

Question:

144. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the way the community Garda service for the Hartstown, Huntstown, Blakestown and Mountview area of Dublin 15 will continue following recent redeployments of resources; and his views on the community Garda service for wider west Dublin area. [14412/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner, who is responsible for the distribution and allocation of personnel throughout the force, that the areas in question are covered by Blanchardstown Garda District. The personnel strength of Blanchardstown Garda District on 31 January 2014 was 353. There are also 31 Garda Reserves and 22 civilian staff assigned to the District. The Deputy will be aware that all Gardaí have responsibility, inter alia, to deal with community policing issues as and when they arise. Community policing is the underpinning philosophy and ethos through which An Garda Síochána delivers a service across the country. In that context, I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that there are 24 Gardaí specifically assigned to community policing duties in the Blanchardstown Garda District on 31 January 2014. This number includes two dedicated Sergeants who monitor the situation to ensure all community commitments are met.

The situation will be kept under review and paramount consideration is given to the needs of residents. Garda Management is satisfied that a full and comprehensive policing service is being delivered to the area concerned and current structures in place meet the requirements of the delivery of an effective and efficient policing service.