The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D. has set the policing priorities for the Garda Síochána in 2010.

The Minister has asked the Garda Commissioner to continue the focus of the force on serious crime, in particular organised crime.  

Recognising the challenge posed by organised criminals the Minister said: "The key priority of the Garda Síochána must continue to be serious, organised crime. The Garda Síochána will maintain their resolute, and determined focus on gangland crime. As Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, I will do everything in my power to support the Commissioner and all the members of the force in their work."

The Minister noted that the Gardaí are most successful when fully supported by local communities. He continued: "We all of us owe a debt of gratitude to every member of the Garda Síochána for their dedication to protect our communities and should ensure that as local communities we assist the Gardaí in their work". 

Under the Garda Síochána Act the Minister is required to set the policing priorities for the Garda Síochána. Following consultation with the Garda Commissioner, the Minister has set priorities in six key areas. In addition to the fight against gangland crime the Minister has prioritised: security; policing communities; customer service; roads policing and human trafficking.

The policing priorities set by the Minister are reflected in the Garda Síochána’s Policing Plan for 2010.

2 February 2010 

Note to Editors: 

Policing Priorities for 2010

Background 

The function of the Garda Síochána under section 7 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 is to provide policing and security services for the State with the objective of:
(a)        preserving peace and public order,
(b)        protecting life and property
(c)        vindicating the human rights of each individual
(d)        protecting the security of the State,
(e)        preventing crime
(f)         bringing criminals to justice, including by detecting and investigating crime,
(g)        regulating and controlling road traffic and improving road safety; and carrying out such other functions conferred by law, including those relating to immigration.

In producing his policing plan the Garda Commissioner is required to have regard to the priorities of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and to the Garda Strategy Statement. The Commissioner is also required to have regard to relevant Government policy. This includes the provisions of the Programme for Government and the specific Government strategies in relation to drugs, youth justice, victims of crime, road safety, and on domestic and sexual violence.

Priorities for 2010

The Minister has determined the following matters as priorities for the Garda Síochána for 2010, in accordance with Section 20 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.

Security

To protect the State and the people against terrorism in all its forms.

Crime
To combat serious crime, in particular organised crime.

Policing Communities

To achieve the maximum levels of safety for local communities.

Customer Service 

To complete and implement a Garda Charter which will improve the Garda response to calls for service and which will contain commitments on the level of community policing service which the public can expect from Gardaí.

Roads Policing

To police the roads, in particular to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries arising from collisions.  

Human Trafficking

To prevent and detect human trafficking and to protect victims.