As the Minister of State will be aware, under the provisions of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and operations of An Garda Síochána. This includes the effective and efficient deployment of the resources available to An Garda Síochána taking into account crime trends and policing priorities. The assignment of divisional boundaries is an operational matter for which the Commissioner is primarily responsible. I, as Minister, have no direct role in these matters.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that the area in question is covered by both the Tallaght Garda Sub-District in the DMR South Division and the Clondalkin Garda Sub-District in the DMR West Division, with the majority of the residential areas served by members attached to Tallaght Garda Sub-District, with the industrial units falling within Clondalkin Garda Sub-District. Current policing policy is predicated on the prevention of public order offences and the prevention of crime including crimes of violence against persons and property.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that there are regular patrols in both areas by uniform and plain-clothes personnel, including the Community Policing and Garda Mountain Bike Units, District Detective Unit and Drug Unit personnel, which are supplemented by the Burglary Response Units and Roads Policing Units. In addition, regular meetings are held between Gardaí and the local Residents Associations.
I am assured that Local Garda Management closely monitor the aforementioned patrols and other operational strategies in place, in conjunction with crime trends and policing needs of the communities in these areas to ensure optimum use of Garda resources and that current structures in place meet the requirements needed to deliver an effective and efficient policing service to the residents concerned. The situation is kept under constant review.
I understand that a collaborative policing plan is in the process of being implemented by Local Garda Management responsible for both the Tallaght and Clondalkin areas.