Dáil Éireann - Volume 486 - 28 January, 1998
Written Answers. - Crime Levels.
Mr. J. O'Keeffe Mr. J. O'Keeffe
777. Mr. J. O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will approve the application for the installation of a Garda closed circuit TV system in Kinsale as an aid to crime prevention and detection in the town. [1698/98]
Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue) John O'Donoghue
 Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): As far a the Garda Síochána is concerned the potential crime prevention capacity is the most important consideration when evaluating an application for a Garda CCTV system. It should further be noted that CCTV systems are not in any way a replacement for Garda personnel but are an aid to existing Garda resources. The extension of these systems to other areas must be viewed in the context of overall policing operations and carefully planned and integrated into Garda operational procedures.
The Deputy will already be aware that an advisory committee established by the Garda Commissioner was set up to examine the future of CCTV systems as an aid to policing. While their main objective was to evaluate the potential crime prevention capacity of each of the applications received, they were also required to evaluate each application from a technical and telecommunications perspective while also taking into consideration the level of finance available from my Department and from local business/community sources.
I understand that, in all, the advisory committee has received 25 applications for the installation of Garda CCTV systems. This includes full and comprehensive proposals which were submitted in respect of eight locations, including Kinsale. Each of the applications will be prioritised with regard to the respective level of crime in the locations in question and the likely impact of a Garda CCTV system on same.
To date the advisory committee has prioritised four locations for the installation of Garda CCTV systems. However, I must point out that all of the remaining applications on hands are still under consideration and it is ancipated that further systems will be scheduled in due course as resources permit. The commitment to existing schemes, as well as those prioritised by the advisory committee, limits the scope for the extension of Garda CCTV systems to other areas at the present time.
Dáil Éireann 486 Written Answers. Crime Levels.