Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (441)

Finian McGrath

Question:

441. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the case of a person (details supplied). [15336/14]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

First and foremost I would urge any person who is a victim or a witness to crime including any form of threatening behaviour or intimidation to report the matter to An Garda Síochána.

In this regard I am informed by the Garda authorities that An Garda Síochána will in line with its obligations take appropriate steps in dealing with such cases.

In particular in addressing such matters An Garda Síochána has a framework in place for the analysis of threat related information and the designation of appropriate action to be taken by all parties.

Under this framework An Garda Síochána will liaise with the people involved in advising of the nature of the threat made against them and the risk determined. In terms of deciding on appropriate levels of Garda attention or protection, consideration is given to the specific nature of the threat and the measures necessary to mitigate the risk.

Furthermore, Garda Divisional Crime Prevention Officers are trained in the delivery of crime prevention advice across a wide range of areas to people at any risk of criminal threat. These officers can provide advice on increasing personal security or any other crime prevention matter. They also assess a person's risk and can recommend security measures to suit each situation and level of risk. A list of these Crime Prevention Officers is available on www.garda.ie.

In addition, a number of general crime prevention leaflets are also available on the Garda website which provide advice on a range of topics from personal to home security.

Finally I can assure the Deputy that upon the reporting to the Gardaí of any activity of the type referred to by him that An Garda Síochána will act resolutely in dealing with it and will provide support as appropriate to those who may be experiencing such intimidation.

Questions Nos. 442 to 444, inclusive, answered with Question No. 413.