Thursday 29 September 2016

Frances Fitzgerald announces new garda fleet to tackle 'scourge of highly-mobile criminal gangs'

Published 20/10/2015 | 11:43

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan will have a new fleet of cars for officers, including the high-powered Audi A7, as part of the clampdown on crime
Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan will have a new fleet of cars for officers, including the high-powered Audi A7, as part of the clampdown on crime

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has announced the introduction of 260 new high-powered cars to tackle the “scourge of highly-mobile criminal gangs”.

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The Irish Independent today revealed Ms Fitzgerald’s plans to invest in a motorway patrol unit as part of a clampdown on the growing epidemic of burglaries throughout the country.

In a statement this morning, the Department of Justice announced it will allocate an extra €5.3m for a new fleet of garda vehicles, which is in addition to the 370 new cars the force received already this year.

 “Today’s investment, taken with the commitment to further increase the number of Gardaí announced in the Budget, is proof positive of this Government’s determination to ensure that the Gardaí have all the necessary tools at their disposal to tackle the scourge of highly-mobile criminal gangs and to disrupt crime, particularly burglaries, across both rural and urban communities” Ms Fitzgerald said.

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“This investment will support Gardaí to carry-out more visible and responsive patrols of motorways and rural communities, increased surveillance of criminal gangs and enhanced night-time public order policing in our cities and provincial towns.”

The new cars, vans and motorbikes will allow for more visible and responsive patrols of motorways and rural communities, increased surveillance of criminal gangs and enhanced night-time public order policing.

The new fleet will include:

*high powered vehicles  

*marked and unmarked patrol cars;

*cars for surveillance and covert operations;

*motorcycles for high visibility road policing, an

*vehicles for public order policing.

The funding is addition to the €29m invested in Garda vehicles since 2012.

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