Local councillor Lettie Mc Carthy said when the station was closed they were promised enough community gardai for the area
Local councillor Lettie Mc Carthy said when the station was closed they were promised enough community gardai for the area

Concern has been expressed over community gardai not being replaced in the Stepaside area.

Local councillor Lettie Mc Carthy (LAB) said when the station was closed they were promised enough community gardai for the area.

“Community Policing is an integral part of the policing team and I am extremely concerned that our numbers in the Stepaside area have decreased considerably.

“When the ill-advised closure of Stepaside Garda Station was announced, we were promised enough community guards to cover the main areas, which worked very well for a while but unfortunately, our numbers have dwindled.

“We have a few problematic areas that were benefiting greatly from full time community policing, but due to relocating, promotions and normal movements within An Garda Siochana these areas are now without a community guard.

“A very well-regarded community guard is due to retire later this year and there is no mention of a replacement or no evidence that someone new is being trained in.

Concerns Cllr McCarthy said she has written to the chief super intendent about the issue and hopes the concerns of the locals will be taken seriously.