The new proposed Garda roster will have serious negative implications for policing in Dublin, claims Sinn Féin councillor Daithí Doolan.
The new roster of five shifts a day is due to be brought in to operation on November 6th. Cllr Doolan, chairperson of South Central Joint Policing Committee (JPC), said: “The new proposed Garda roster will have serious negative implications for policing in Dublin. There are not enough Gardaí in the force to make it workable.
“I am deeply concerned that the Garda Commissioner’s decision to go ahead with the new roster will take gardaí away from drug squads, community policing units and divisional crime task forces across Dublin.”
Following a commitment of €10m in funding for Garda overtime and policing in the capital by Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, Assistant Garda Commissioner Angela Willis (above) recently announced how the allocated funding would be administered.
The funding she assured, will be used to bolster high visibility policing in Dublin City, which will hopefully stem the isolated violent attacks which have occurred in Dublin in recent months. New policing tactics include: an increased deployment of public order units and other specialist units in Dublin City Centre along with Garda overtime of up to 48,500 extra hours per month across all Dublin Garda Divisions,
Already, a total of 76 new Gardaí have been assigned to the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) year, including 62 from last month’s attestation at Templemore. See full report: https://dublingazette.com/dublinlocalmatters/news/gardai-council-traders-55533/
However, Cllr Doolan is concerned there still will not be sufficient gardaí to man the streets via the new rosters, without pulling members away from vital crime and drugs task iniatives.
“I have written to the Assistant Commissioner for Dublin asking that community policing and drug squads are ring-fenced and protected. Unfortunately I have not received a response, as yet.
“I will also be raising my concerns in the strongest possible terms at the forthcoming Joint Policing Committee.
“There is simply not enough Gardaí to provide five shifts per day. Therefore the new roster should be deferred until the current staffing crisis is resolved.”