Sunday 20 January 2019

Community gardai in Balbriggan to expand

News that additional gardai are to join Community Policing team in Balbriggan has been greeted as 'long overdue but very welcome' by a local councillor.

Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF) told the Fingal Independent: 'The recent announcement by Superintendent Carolan, that the community policing unit will receive additional gardai to join the current community Garda is long overdue but very welcome.'

Cllr Quinn added: 'I have been informed that the Community Policing Unit will be headed up by a Garda Sergeant with a further five Gardai making up the unit.'

The Sinn Féin councillor for Balbriggan said that the move is not before time given recent issues in the town around antisocial behaviour.

He explained: 'Over recent times, there has been incidents of antisocial behaviour occurring far too often, and constituents are concerned at these incidents.'

The local councillor added: 'I have requested a meeting with the new unit to be briefed on how the unit will operate and to see how best, I can support them in their work"

'I have since my election in 2014, been very active at community level, council level and through the Oireachtas working with my party colleague, Deputy Louise O'Reilly to raise the need for investment in Garda resources both in Balbriggan and across North Fingal.

'I welcome the recent news that Rush Garda Station will be re-opened but myself and my party colleague Louise O'Reilly will continue our campaign to ensure the opening of the station.'

Cllr Quinn concluded: 'It is important that the community unit, make contact with residents associations, sports, youth & cultural groups, who all are working behind the scenes for the betterment of the local community.'

Fingal Independent