Overworked gardaí can’t answer all calls

Overworked gardaí can’t answer all calls
Togher Garda station

CONCERNS have been raised about over-stretched garda resources in Togher.

At a meeting of the city’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC), it emerged that officers manning the phones also look after the front-desk queries and the on-site prisoners. Phones are often left unattended. Togher Station covers the largest area in the Cork City Division, including Carrigaline, Bishopstown, Passage West, and Douglas.

At the JPC meeting, Superintendent Charlie Barry said that he prefers to have garda cars patrolling the streets than guards sitting at their desks.

Independent Councillor, Thomas Moloney, said he sympathised with Supt Barry: “I can understand why he wants to have cars out patrolling. If you see a garda car, you are less likely to misbehave and the cars can respond to a call quicker.”

However, Cllr Moloney also said residents do not know when their station is open. “Residents in Bishopstown and Douglas are calling to their local station, and it is closed when it is advertised as open. Ths has led to confusion, frustration, and a little bit of anger.”

Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said a combination of factors has diluted the ranks of the force. “There was no recruitment for five or six years, and then there were incentivised retirements, so it all has an impact.”

Despite this, Chief Superintendent McPolin said that the Cork guards are doing the best they can with what they have.

“We are making efficient use of our resources. We have five guards going to Mayfield in July and further resources are expected to come from the garda college, also. Over the next 18 months to two years, we will, hopefully, be in receipt of additional personnel.”

Cork’s ‘top cop’ also referred to the hybrid model of functionality, a new manning system that frees up gardaí from behind their desks. It is being implemented in Cork

“We have a number of initiatives in place to increase the number of gardaí on patrol. We welcome the reopening of the college and we welcome probationers that may be coming to Cork in the near future.”

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