Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Ceisteanna (254)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

254. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount spent on the maintenance and upgrade of Garda CCTV systems in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46359/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Deputy will be aware that CCTV systems that are installed for the purposes of crime prevention and as aids to policing in public areas, such as town centres, fall into two distinct but complementary categories, namely Garda CCTV systems and community-based CCTV systems. Neither type of CCTV system may be established without authorisation by the Garda Commissioner under section 38 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, among other requirements.

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 installation, maintenance and upgrade of Garda CCTV systems are a matter for the Garda Commissioner and I, as Minister, have no direct role in that matter.

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the amount spent on maintenance and upgrade of Garda CCTV systems in the years 2016-2019 is set out in the following table.

Year

Spend

2019 (to 6 November)

€806,626

2018

€1,089,334

2017

€1,132,243

2016

€1,651,731