‘Scandalous’ figures show 38% drop in number of Community Gardaí in north Dublin – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has described as ‘scandalous’ the significant drop in the number of Community Gardaí based in North Dublin over the past seven years.
Figures obtained by Sinn Féin through questions to the Department of Justice show that the number of Community Gardaí operating in the Dublin Metropolitan Region North (DMR North) has decreased by 38% since 2011. The North Central region (DMR NC) of the city has also seen a 36% decrease in the same period.
Commenting on the figures, Deputy Mitchell said:
“We know as elected representatives from working with designated Community Gardaí that the difference a good community Garda can make to an area, and to individuals and families, is huge. It can be transformative.
Mitchell, who is the Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs, added:
“Community Gardaí can build up relationships and trust with people at risk of offending, particularly young people, and direct them in a more positive direction, such as through the Garda Youth Diversion Projects.
“They also improve public confidence in policing locally, and ingrain themselves in community activity locally, and I have seen myself the difference that Community Gardaí can make. Failing to make these kinds of investments could undo the good work that was built up, particularly in disadvantaged communities, over many years.
“The National Model of Community Policing was launched in 2009, amid much fanfare, and it does represent a very positive approach - but it has been ignored.
“It is increasingly clear that successive Governments have little interest in Community Policing, and these figures are clearly proof of that. It is scandalous. The Minister needs urgently to start reversing this.”