Deploy more gardai in Ballyfermot – SF

by Gazette Reporter

ANY extra gardai coming on stream following the lifting of a recruitment ban should be deployed to areas with high crime rates to help reduce criminal activity.
That’s according to Ballyfermot Cllr Daithi Doolan (SF) who wants to see more gardai deployed within his constituency and other areas experiencing high level crime rates.
A motion by Cllr Doolan seeking extra Garda resources for the Ballyfermot area was passed at a recent area committee meeting and sent to the interim Garda Commissioner, Noirin O’Sullivan, for consideration, which was acknowledged by the commissioner’s office.
Earlier this week, a playground and all-weather pitch was damaged after vandals set fire to wheelie bins, which led to equipment being destroyed near Cherry Orchard Community Centre.
Speaking to The Gazette, Cllr Doolan said: “We want the gardai coming out of Templemore to be frontloaded into communities like Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard where there are high levels of crime, and often violent crimes.
“Any extra gardai coming out of Templemore and then being spread evenly across the stations won’t mean anything to us – we won’t get anything extra out of that,” he said.
Cllr Doolan is to meet with senior gardai and Dublin City Council to discuss this policing matter.
“We want a commitment that they can follow through. We don’t need an extra 1,000 gardai in the Ballyfermot area – if we got an extra 10-20 gardai, an extra couple of Garda cars, it would make a huge difference to the quality of life of people there, without a doubt,” he said.
In response, a spokesman for the Department of Justice said decisions in relation to the allocation of Garda resources is a matter for the interim Garda Commissioner “in light of her identified operational demands”.

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