307. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on community policing in the Dublin Bay north area (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [8790/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am informed by the Garda authorities that the residential estate referred to by the Deputy is actively patrolled by both uniform and covert patrols attached to Clontarf Garda Station. I am also informed that there have been two crime incidents reported to Gardai so far in 2015 which relate to this particular estate. Local Garda management is satisfied all available resources are optimised to ensure the delivery of an effective and committed service to the residents of the estate in question.
A Garda attached to the Community Policing Unit at Clontarf is specifically assigned to the estate. Community Gardaí have responsibility for engaging in a proactive manner with neighbourhood watch groups, residents association, schools, businesses, voluntary organisations etc, as well as addressing local issues within their respective areas. In addition, the community policing unit has a crime prevention role by way of call-backs to victims of crimes in their respective areas, as well as carrying out dedicated patrols with a view to building relationships within communities.
Finally, I am advised that local Garda management closely monitors patrols and other operational strategies, in light of crime trends and policing needs of the area in question, and the situation will be kept under review to ensure that optimum use is made of Garda resources.