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Comment #619765 by Fon Ellard

Fon Ellard Sep 21st 2012, 9:49 AM #

I live in a village with a garda station that is as good as closed anyway, they used to open an hour a day but I don’t think they even do that anymore. I wouldn’t see a problem closing the stations if extra cars were made available to the bigger stations so that they could have patrols. I know that the nearest town to where I am are badly in need of extra cars and they have also complained of not having a single 4×4 vehicle so that when there was the icy weather they had to get the civil defence to drive them around the bad roads – ridiculous for a station that’s covering a large town as well as several surrounding villages and rural communities.

Measuring how necessary a station is by the number of crimes reported to it is crazy though, if I was to ring the number for my local village Garda station it would automatically put me through to the one in the town, so I presume the report would go on the town’s records and not the local station.

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Senator hits out at possible closure of rural garda stations

Senator hits out at possible closure of rural garda stations

Trevor Ă“ Clochartaigh said that people are worried that crimes may increase if this happens. Meanwhile, Minister Shatter has given the latest update on the closures.

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    Favourite Gerry McGuinness
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    Sep 21st 2012, 10:00 AM

    Number 9 on Robert Peels Principles of Law Enforcement – “The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible
    evidence of police action in dealing with them”

    You’d be inclined to agree with him wouldn’t you, unfortunately Shatter holds the opposite view, theres no crime so the Gardai must be doing Nothing.

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