Sunday 24 September 2017

Gardai to spend €110,000 on five mobile offices

Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

GARDA authorities will spend about €110,000 kitting out five new mobile offices that are to be deployed following the closure of more than 100 stations around the country.

The Fiat Ducato vans will feature a waiting area as well as an office where the public can speak to officers in confidence.

Sirens and shatter-proof glass will also be installed in the vehicles, which will form part of the gardai's plan to provide mobile cover for areas losing one-man stations.

In announcing station closures, Commissioner Martin Callinan promised increased squad car patrols in rural areas.

But Sinn Fein TD Padraig MacLochlainn described the planned deployment of the vans as "farcical".

He said that "policing is being decimated in rural communities", adding: "And what is the solution to this? Five vans."

He added: "We need a real solution to a growing crisis."

Irish Independent

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