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Sinn Féin proposes Community Policing Partnerships

20 April, 2005


Speaking on the Garda Bill in the Dáil this evening, Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan said, "If we want our policing service in this state to rank among the best in the world it is essential that it be made accountable to the local communities it serves and to and work in partnership with them. It's that simple. Therefore Deputy Morgan said, "Sinn Féin recommends the establishment on a statutory basis of Community Policing Partnerships at Garda District level throughout the State."

Deputy Morgan said, "If we want our policing service in this state to rank among the best in the world it is essential that it be made accountable to the local communities it serves and to and work in partnership with them. It‚s that simple. Hence the Sinn Féin proposals for the establishment of Community Policing Partnerships at District level are the fundamental lynchpin in our own Garda reform package. It is this element on which the objective of restoring confidence in the Gardaí will either succeed or fail.

"Sinn Féin therefore recommends the establishment on a statutory basis of Community Policing Partnerships at Garda District level throughout the State to increase Garda transparency, to promote community trust and cooperation, and to hold the Gardaí fully to account by the people they serve.

"I do welcome the Minister‚s recognition by his inclusion of the provisions that there needs to be some level of local involvement in policing matters. I acknowledge that he seems to have taken several of our recommendations on board, albeit in a dilute way. But the Minister's proposals on enhanced cooperation between local authorities and the Gardaí, while they represent an improvement on the present situation, do not meet the same standards oftransparency and local democratic control and

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