Government must lift ban on Garda recruitment to maintain local policing numbers.

Cllr Paul McAuliffe, Chairperson of the Dublin City Council Joint Policing Committe for the North West Area has called for a clearer commitment from the Minister for Justice on the recommencement of garda recruitment.

Cllr McAuliffe was reacting to indications from Minister Shatter that the Garda Training College at Templemore will reopen next year.

Echoing the comments of his party’s spokesperson on Justice, Cllr McAuliffe said “Minister Shatter previously committed to lifting the ban on the recruitment this year but he abandoned that commitment at the first possible opportunity.

‘At today’s Joint Policing Committee Meeting, we heard that numbers in Finglas Ballymun, Santry and Whitehall have been larey maintained but at senior levels in the area numbers have dropped.

With no recruitment in train at present it is inevitable that we will see numbers drop in the next few years.”

“We need a clear commitment from Minister Shatter on the numbers of gardaí he intends to recruit. As a result of his u-turn on garda recruitment this year we have lost another valuable year in the garda training process.  Over that period more dangerous gaps have emerged in the force at every level and in every part of the country.

“It takes two years under the current system to train new garda recruits.  Even if the Minister keeps this latest promise the new recruits won’t be qualified until 2016 and garda numbers will have dropped even lower by that stage. The Minister needs to open recruitment to a sufficient degree so that numbers in the force are brought back up to a safe level.” said Cllr McAuliffe

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