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Garda reserve no substitute for proper resourcing of community policing - Ó Snodaigh

11 August, 2006

Responsing to the publication today of an information booklet on the establishment of a Garda Siochana Reserve by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Sinn Fein Spokesperson for Justice, Equality and Human Rights Deputy Aengus O Snodaigh said "This proposal would not be fair on communities who deserve policing of the highest standard, from a fully trained and professional service.  Neither would it be fair on the proposed reserve volunteers themselves who would form part of a parallel police force incapable of ensuring comparable human rights standards in their activities. 

"The reserve Gardaí proposal is not the way to create greater community confidence in the Gardaí.  It is not an acceptable substitute for proper resourcing of community policing, it poses significant human rights concerns and I am again calling on the Minisiter to abandon his plans. Rather, any extra Garda numbers needed should be achieved through the civilianisation of a number of Garda duties in particular admin duties and by introducing a dedicated civilian traffic corps.  An Garda Síochána have a very low percentage of civilian staff by comparative standards." ENDS

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