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Written Answers - Garda Transport

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 391.  Deputy Brendan Ryan Information on Brendan Ryan Zoom on Brendan Ryan  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the criteria by which marked patrol cars are assigned to individual stations; if it is by number of gardaí per station, geographical area covered by the station or if there is another or discretionary method; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6850/12]

 392.  Deputy Brendan Ryan Information on Brendan Ryan Zoom on Brendan Ryan  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the number of marked patrol cars assigned to Skerries Garda station, County Dublin; if these cars are currently in working order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6851/12]

 393.  Deputy Brendan Ryan Information on Brendan Ryan Zoom on Brendan Ryan  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the number of marked patrol cars assigned to Lusk Garda station, County Dublin; if these cars are currently in working order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6852/12]

 394.  Deputy Brendan Ryan Information on Brendan Ryan Zoom on Brendan Ryan  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  the number of marked patrol cars assigned to Balbriggan Garda station, County Dublin; if these cars are currently in working order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6853/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I propose to take Questions Nos. 391 to 394, inclusive, together.

Decisions in relation to the deployment of Garda resources, including transport, are a matter for the Garda Commissioner. In that context the efficient deployment of Garda vehicles within each Garda Division is a matter for the Divisional Officer in the light of operational requirements.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the allocation of vehicles within each Garda District is continually monitored in the context of crime trends, the identified policing needs of the area concerned and the existing operational strategies in place, to ensure that the optimum policing service is provided to the community.

I am informed that there is currently one marked patrol car assigned to each of the Garda stations in Balbriggan, Skerries and Lusk. The marked patrol cars assigned to both Balbriggan [501]and Skerries are fully operational while the vehicle assigned to Lusk is undergoing a technical assessment.


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