Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (642)

Thomas P. Broughan


642. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 310 of 12 February 2019, if he will report on Garda Operation Disruption; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36119/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I refer to Parliamentary Question No 310 for answer on 12 February 2019.  At the time I responded that I would request the information sought by you from the Garda authorities and that I would write directly to you on receipt of same. This information has been received and is included in the substantive response as follows. 

I am informed by the Garda authorities that Operation Disruption consists of uniform personnel temporarily assigned to the Crime Office, Henry Street Station, Limerick for periods ranging from 3 to 6 months.  Gardaí are tasked to carry out proactive and preventive patrols in targeted areas based on crime trends and crime “hot spots”, as identified by Crime Analysts attached to Henry Street.

I am advised that since the inception of Operation Disruption in 2014 up to 26 March 2019, Operation Disruption has dealt with 4,985 crimes, with 1,255 of those crimes recorded as cases detected.  I am further advised that in 852 cases, prosecutions have commenced resulting in 527 convictions. I have sought a further update from the Garda authorities and I will contact the Deputy directly when the information is to hand.

I am assured by the Garda authorities that all new and emerging crime trends are constantly monitored by Garda management to ensure the effectiveness of all Garda patrols in the area.