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Community policing absent from new crime measures – Ó Snodaigh

4 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD welcomed a number of the new measures to tackle crime announced by Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy today. However Deputy Ó Snodaigh said he is disappointed that today's package gives little priority to community policing.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The prospect of having interviewers with specialised training to deal with special victims, reportedly children under 14, victims with special needs and victims of sexual violence, is welcome.

"I hope the Commissioner will consider extending this commitment to include the interviewing of individuals who are in a vulnerable state on foot of drug dependence. This would help prevent such miscarriages of justice as the framing of Dean Lyons from occurring again.

"Efforts to ensure greater supervision of investigations and incident rooms are also welcome.

"In the long term community policing must be the priority for the Garda Commissioner if serious crimes are to be detected and successfully prosecuted. It is unfortunate that this latest package like so many passed initiatives from Garda management gives no such priority to community policing." ENDS

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