Thursday, 5 February 2004

Ceisteanna (121)

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

121 Mr. O'Dowd asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when he will sanction the appointment of community gardaí to deal specifically with anti-social behaviour in Drogheda; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3435/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

The Garda authorities are responsible for the detailed allocation of resources, including personnel. It informed me that the personnel strength, covering all ranks, of Drogheda Garda station as at 2 February is 90. This compares to a figure of 82 on 31 December 1997 and represents an increase of 8 or 9.75% in the personnel allocated since that date.

It is the responsibility of the divisional officer to allocate personnel within a division as he or she sees fit. A community garda, with responsibility for the southside area of Drogheda, was appointed in Drogheda Garda station in 2000. The situation will be kept under review. When additional personnel become available the needs of the station will be considered within the context of the overall needs of Garda divisions throughout the country.