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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Bray to become Garda HQ for County Wicklow

On June 2 the Gardaí of Bray will no longer be apart of the Dublin Metropolitan District but will be working under a new Wicklow Sub-division.Although some members of the public and Town Councils, including Greystones Town Council are sceptical towards the changes, Detective Inspector Frank Keenaghan of Bray Garda Station is confident that the new division is a positive'

On June 2 the Gardaí of Bray will no longer be apart of the Dublin Metropolitan District but will be working under a new Wicklow Sub-division.

Although some members of the public and Town Councils, including Greystones Town Council are sceptical towards the changes, Detective Inspector Frank Keenaghan of Bray Garda Station is confident that the new division is a positive' one.

However, one burning question for the people of Bray is manpower.

With the new sub-division County Wicklow will be divided into three districts.

The Bray district will also include Greystones, Newtownmountkennedy and Enniskerry.

Therefore Bray will no longer be connected to Shankill Garda Station.

So while Bray may lose the crime problems from Shankill they will also lose the man power and will gain a Garda Station at Newtownmountkennedy that has the lowest number of staff per head of population.

Detective Inspector Keenaghan believes that the new Chief Superintendent for the Wicklow Division, Tommy Conway, will address the issue of manpower and will ensure that every level of manpower that is required will be put in place.

There is a great team at Shankill who have great results in Crime Detection and Prevention and I will be sorry to see them go,' commented Detective Inspector Keenaghan.

But the Detective Inspector was keen to point out that communication with Shankill and other Dublin Garda Stations would not just stop because of the new division.

There will always be a constant line of communication and very regular contact,' he said. Criminals don't recognise borders so communication has to be there.'

The aim of the new boundaries is to realign Gardaí with the County Councils and the Joint Policing Forums.

In Bray Detective Inspector Keenaghan sees a unique relationship between the Gardaí, Town Council, Chamber of Commerce and Community Gardaí that is different to other towns and believes with the new division this will work better.

At the recent Greystones Town Council Meeting it was suggested that the divisional headquarters may be placed at a site at Charlesland in the town.

In response Detective Inspector Keenaghan could understand why and if this was the case Greystones would ultimately benefit from it but at the moment the HQ will be at Bray.

Overall the Detective Inspector says that the new division will bring things the County hasn't had before.

Specialised Units will be set up and this will bring a quicker response,' he added, there will be a Detective Inspector at Wicklow that they have never had before and there will be more Detective Sergeants there too.'

Detective Inspector Keenaghan assures the people of Bray that there will be no diluting of Policing Service and as a station we will not be changing but bringing what we do to Wicklow.'

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