Longford Gardai well resourced to tackle crime

Fears over a possible rise in crime levels on the back of government cuts to garda overtime, has been roundky dimissed by the county’s most senior officer.

Fears over a possible rise in crime levels on the back of government cuts to garda overtime, has been roundky dimissed by the county’s most senior officer.

Supt Denis Shields said while he could not comment on what may or may no be coming down the line, there were no issues about the Gardai’s ability to manage with day to day crime.

“Gardai in Longford are adequately resourced in being able to deal with most policing issues,” he said.

The Longford Garda chief’s comments were made as new doubts emerged over possible cuts to supplementary working hours.

Several media outlets have reported expensively on the matter, leading some to speculate on just how those reductions might impact on garda resources going forward.

“Ther e are examples,” said another senior officer. “The accident the other day outside Rathowen tied up about five patrol cars. Most of theGardai dealing with that were due to finish at 5pm, but you can’t just walk away because of overtime.”

And while Supt Sheilds’ insistence that garda resources at a local level won’t be hit, the spectre of future cuts and how the Government intends finding €1bn in public servuce savings under the Haddington Road Agreement is a debate that looks set to continue.