111. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will support the placement of community gardaí in areas with high incidences of anti-social behaviour (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [18092/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I can inform the Deputy that it is the policy of An Garda Síochána to deploy personnel to establish a highly visible and accessible service to communities to tackle crime, the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour. Community policing is a central feature and core value of policing policy and current policing strategies are predicated on the prevention of crime, public order offences and anti-social behaviour. In this regard local Community Gardaí engage with residents, businesses and schools and address any issues that arise.
As the Deputy will be aware the deployment of policing resources is a matter for the Garda Commissioner, I have, however, requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the specific matter referred to and I will contact the Deputy directly as soon as the report is to hand.