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Sinn Féin to urge JPC to support citywide non-Garda phoneline for serious crime reporting – Ó Snodaigh

24 September, 2007

Speaking ahead of this evening's special briefing by Assistant Garda Commissioner Al McHugh to Dublin's Joint Policing Committee (JPC) on the city's escalating gangland violence Sinn Féin Dublin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has urged that the party's motion for a non-Garda phoneline be supported by all members of the JPC.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
"Dublin's JPC will convene earlier than usual today to accommodate a special briefing from Assistant Garda Commissioner Al McHugh on the escalating gangland violence in this city.
"Following this weekend's multiple shootings in Dublin and Limerick which have left one man dead and another in a critical condition inventive ways of assisting public reporting of serious gun and drug crime must be supported.
"My questions to the Assistant Commissioner have become all the more urgent in light of the latest vicious gangland style attacks. I will be asking the Assistant Commissioner to give an account of the Gardaí's current approach to tackling gangland and drug-related crime in terms of the level of resources allocated to this undertaking as compared with other Garda tasks.
"I will be demanding from him an increase in resources for the Garda Drugs Unit so as to ensure the upward trends in seizures are sustained and enhanced. We also need more visible and targeted Garda patrols in areas experiencing chronic public drug-dealing and gun crime. Communities have an increased sense of being under siege, this is unacceptable.
"Following the Assistant Commissioner's briefing I will urge JPC members to support a Sinn Féin motion calling for the establishment of a widely advertised, citywide non-Garda phoneline to receive confidential reports of gun and drug-related crime from the public.
"This phoneline would be based on the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing initiative which was successfully piloted in Blanchardstown last year.
"A lot of work has yet to be done in the area of trust building between the Gardaí and communities. In the interim a non-Garda phoneline has proven to be an effective way of encouraging reporting. Dublin's JPC has a critical role to play in tackling serious crime head on and I hope this will be acknowledged by all members in their support of Sinn Fein's phoneline motion" CRíOCH
Note to editor: The JPC will convene at 4pm today in the Council Chamber, City Hall.

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