Concern not enough Gardai to deal with 'crime epidemic'

A Naas County Cllr is expressing serious concern about a 'crime epidemic' with Gardai numbers dropping since 2011. Figures released by FF Cllr James Lawless reveal  that in 2011, there were 324 Gardai in the county but since February 2015, there are just 300. Cllr Lawless said: “It has been widely acknowledged that criminal gangs are using the motorway network to carry out burglaries. “It is important that the Gardai are adequately equipped to tackle crime in the 21st century. We are proposing a significant investment programme in the technology Gardai currently use to allow for smarter and more effective policing in our rural communities."    

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