This morning, I joined my colleagues in attending the quarterly meeting of the Joint Policing Committee for the communities of the North Inner City and Cabra Glasnevin.
Our Chief Superintendent, Patrick McMenamin provided a detailed update detailing figures for a variety of crimes as well as informing us about initiatives and operations that have been put in place by local officers across the Store Street, Bridewell and Mountjoy / Fitzgibbon Street districts. Arising from this update, I can advise you of the following:
- Burglary ↓61%
o From the person ↓24%
o From establishment -/+
o From Person ↓77%
o From MPV ↓7%
o From Shop ↓56%
o Other ↓54%
o Of Pedal Cycle ↑5%
o Breach of Barring Order ↑125%
o Breach of Protection Order ↑23%
o Breach of Safety Order ↓30%
o Child Neglect & Cruelty ↑100%
o Domestic Dispute ↑51%
- There have been 132 detections in respect of the Sale & Supply of Drugs in 2021 (Year to date!), compared with 136 for the same period in 2020. This represents a ↓3%.
- There have been 32 arrests for Driving whilst intoxicated in 2021 (YTD), compared with 44 for the same period in 2020. This represents a ↓27%.
- There have been zero Fatal Road Traffic Accidents recorded in 2021 (YTD).
- 245 detections in respect of Public Order incidents have been made in 2021 (YTD), compared with 275 for the same period in 2020. This represents a ↓11%.
- 66 incidents of Drunkenness have been recorded for 2021 (YTD), compared with 64 for the same period in 2020. This represents a ↑3%.
- 58 incidents of Assault Causing Harm have been recorded in 2021 (YTD), compared with 81 for the same period in 2020. This represents a ↓28%.
- 95 incidents of Minor Assault have been recorded in 2021 (YTD), compared with 136 for the same period in 2020. This represents a ↓30%.
During the meeting, I took the opportunity to thank the Chief Superintendent and all his officers for their policing during the pandemic. While it has not been easy for any of us, being responsible for the application of laws and restrictions associated with the public health measures introduced because of the pandemic has not and cannot be easy for members of An Garda Siochana, so on your behalf and that of my Fine Gael colleagues, I thanked all members of the force.
I also raised two local issues as well which the Chief Superintendent and our local Superintendent, based in the Bridewell including:
- Criminal behaviour and drug dealing in and around O’Devaney Gardens,
- Anti-social behaviour along the Cabra Road, through Annamoe and onto Prussia Street.
With regards both issues, I can confirm that additional measures are now being put in place by the Community Policing Team and District Drugs Unit in the Bridewell, including:
- A significant step-up in the visible Garda activity in Montpelier, Thor Place, Arklow Street, Cowper Street area.
- House to House calls by the Gardai in Montpelier.
- Further measures across the district.
The Gardai will continue to liaise with Juvenile Liaison team to ensure that young lads on the perimeter are not allowed to get caught up in dealing, etc. Following this morning’s meeting, I can also confirm that many prosecutions remain pending for drug dealing offences following Garda activity last year. I hope to have a further update on this for you shortly.
Some neighbours in Stoneybatter have expressed concern with me about anti-social behaviour in recent weeks within the Grangegorman campus. As someone who uses the campus with my family very regularly, I have not come across incidents myself but I have been assured, following today’s meeting, that the Community Policing unit from the Bridewell will be paying further attention to this across the coming weeks. It is worth noting that Inspector White has been assigned by Superintendent Markey to act as the link between the Grangegorman Development Agency and the Gardai for the coming months.
Finally, the issue of drug dealing at Luas stops, including Dominick Street, Broadstone and Grangegorman was mentioned by the Gardai and that they will be paying specific focus on this throughout the next number of weeks. I will have a further report on the Garda activity in this respect next month.
I hope this information is of assistance to you. If you have any questions or queries arising from the details outlined above, please email me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com.
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