800 gardai being assaulted every year, says GRA
POLICING in Ireland is breaking down because of cutbacks and an increase in crime, according to a body representing rank and file gardaí.
John Parker, president of the Garda Representative Association (GRA), claimed that an increasing number of gardaí are being assaulted on a daily basis. Due to a lack of man power, some victims of attacks do not have colleagues available to come to their aid.
Statistics show that approximately 800 gardaí are assaulted each year, an increase of 450 from 2005. Parker believes that at least two or three times that number of gardaí are assaulted each year but assaults are not recorded unless charges follow or the injured garda is unable to work for three days or more.
“Our ability to apprehend offenders is being severely restrained,” he said.
“As a result of the economic downtown there are more people at large who are multiple offenders. These people are more likely to resist arrest. If gardaí get into difficulty, they are finding that the resources just aren’t there.”
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