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Localised drugs units needed to complement specialised gang crime unit

31 January, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Responding to an announcement from the Garda Commissioner that he is to establish a full time specialist unit to deal with gang crime Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said multiple well resourced and dedicated drugs units at local levels are needed in addition to a specialised unit to tackle gang crime.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said today, "Specialised units can be useful. However, what are needed in addition to what was announced by the Garda Commissioner today are multiple well-resourced and dedicated drugs units at the local level.

"As the Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy has acknowledged himself, the Gardaí will not win this fight without the support and co-operation of communities. A lot of work needs to be done and resources committed by Gardaí to win this support.

"In a submission to Garda Management last year Sinn Féin argued that the resources available to Garda Drug Units should be at least doubled and at all times they should strive to operate at full capacity. Positions in these units have been left lying vacant in recent times. That has to stop.

"Community input should be sought via JPCs and community policing fora into the work of both the drugs units and the specialised gang crime units." ENDS

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