Communities in Letterkenny are eager to have the Neighbourhood Watch initiative active in their areas and took the opportunity at the Joint Policing Committee on Wednesday to question Inspector Kevin Gately in relation to the resources that can be made available to it.
Cathal McGlynn of the Resident’s Association in Ballymacool said that two areas of the park have been set up for the initiative, the Wood and the Green. However he did add that since the retirement of former Sergeant Sarah Hardagon they had difficulty setting up the second initiative needed in the area. A member of the resident’s association in Grange told those present that she was not sure who was directly assigned to the area in terms of Neighbourhood Watch.
Inspector Kevin Gately told her that there were four to five gardai assigned to community policing in the area. He added that since the retirement of former Sergeant Sarah Hardagon her position had not been filled. “We are very mindful and conscious of giving all the help we can. We have a meeting set up to review policing in the Letterkenny District and all these issues will be brought up,” he said.
He added that the gardaí had an interest in the schemes adding that “gardaí should not be the driving force behind it.”
The Inspector added that should suffient notice be given that a member of the Garda Siochána should attend their meeting.
Councillor Dessie Larkin who chaired the meeting said that an audit into the number of schemes and where they are located should be carried out.