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24/09/2021

No community gardai in Kildare is "enticing criminals" into the county - TD

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Lack of community gardai in Co Kildare could be drawing criminals into the county, Fianna Fail claimed. The Garda Inspectorate claimed in its latest report that too many officers are sitting behind desks instead of being on the beat. The publication, Changing Policing in Ireland discovered that there were no community gardai in either Co Kildare or Co Mayo. Fianna Fail TD Sean O Fearghaill said: "The Government needs to move quickly to ensure a comprehensive community policing programme is implemented in Kildare." He added: "Failure to do so will only entice criminals to target our communities." The report claimed the Garda had a two-tier community policing system with relatively high numbers in Dublin. Of the 12,800 gardaí, just 540 are community gardaí and the majority - 328 - are based in Dublin, with 117 of those in Dublin north central. One third of the country has no full-time community gardai while 14 rural divisions have ten or fewer.

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