Thursday, 19 June 2014

Ceisteanna (144)

Damien English

Ceist:

144. Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the funding available to support the installation of CCTV cameras in two areas (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26374/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

CCTV systems installed for the purposes of crime prevention and as aids to policing in areas to which the general public routinely have access, such as town centres, fall into two distinct categories: Garda CCTV systems and community-based CCTV systems.

Garda CCTV systems are planned and implemented on the basis of an Garda Síochána's identified operational needs and priorities. Accordingly, decisions in relation to the introduction or extension of such systems are a matter for the Garda Commissioner. I am advised by the Garda authorities that the question of extending the current Garda CCTV arrangements is being kept under ongoing review in the context of overall policy considerations and the availability of funding.

The community-based CCTV Scheme was launched in 2005 to provide financial assistance towards the capital costs of establishing a community CCTV system. To date, two major rounds of the Scheme have been advertised, in 2005/2006 and 2007. There is a community-based CCTV Scheme in operation in Navan. The current position is that all available funding provided under the previous two rounds has been fully allocated and there are currently no plans to further extend the Scheme. However, the matter will continue to be kept under ongoing review in the context of overall policy considerations and the availability of funding.