Victims of crimes no longer watching from the sidelines – Buttimer

Wednesday, 15th July 2015

  • Heads and General Scheme of the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Bill approved by Government.

For too long the victims of crime have merely been seen as witnesses by the criminal justice system. With these new proposals victims of crime will be given statutory rights and formal recognition. When this Bill is passed victims of crime will no longer be left to watch from the sidelines, as investigations and prosecutions take place.

Being a victim of crime can be a traumatic experience, but too often this is compounded by a lack of support. This Bill will put in place a framework that can make sure that victims of crime receive the support they deserve. Victims will have a right to information on their role within the criminal justice system. They will have rights to written acknowledgment of their complaint, updates on the progress of investigations and assessment of and protection from the risk of any secondary or repeat victimisation.

These are all very welcome improvements that will remove unnecessary stress, from victims of what is an already difficult experience. One of the biggest changes will be that victims will have a right to know why a prosecution is not taken and to have that decision reviewed. Also, when a criminal is sent to prison the victim will be kept informed about any release, or request for release, from jail. This will reassure victims and show them that the criminal justice system is working in their interests.

This Bill represents a cultural shift in how victims of crime are treated by the criminal justice system. It will ensure that they receive the support that they deserve. Victims of crime will no longer be left out in the cold, when this Bill is passed they will be rightfully at the centre of the criminal justice system.


Posted under Crime, National Work

Cork prioritised for new Garda vehicles – Buttimer

24th June 2015

  • Cork City Garda division is to receive 24 new vehicles this year, the most of any division across the country

It is reassuring to see that Cork is being prioritised in the allocation of new Garda vehicles. The Cork City Division which extends as far south as Carrigaline and Crosshaven is to receive 24 new vehicles this year, the most of any division across the country.

In total 49 new Garda cars will be allocated across Cork in 2015, that is almost one new vehicle each and every week. This will really help the fight against crime in our communities.

So far this year 34 cars have been issued to Cork and another 15 will be issued in the coming weeks. This is part of the Government’s comprehensive plan to fight crime and to improve the resources available to the Gardai. In addition to this 2015 allocation, €27.5 million was invested in new Garda vehicles between 2012 and 2014, which was an increase on the €4.8 million allocated by the previous Government in Budgets 2009-2011.

Fighting crime is not just about Garda vehicles, it is also about increasing the number of Gardai. Following the closure of the Garda training college in Templemore this Government allocated funding so that it could be reopened for new recruits. Last September 300 new students entered the college with another 250 recruits starting their training this year, bringing the total to 550.

As well as strengthening our Garda force and increasing the numbers of vehicles, the Minister for Justice, France Fitzgerald, is bringing in legislation to strengthen our response to burglaries. Too many people have had their homes violated and the proposed measures include longer sentences for repeat offenders.

The increase in Garda resources, the allocation of new vehicles and new Gardai in training show a clear commitment to tackle crime. All of these developments will enable the Gardai to continue to provide an excellent service to our local communities.

Posted under Carrigaline, Cork, Cork City, Crime, Douglas, Justice & Equality

Decrease in crime across Cork City but need for continued vigilance – Buttimer

Friday, 25 March 2013

Overall decrease in crime rates across the Cork City Garda Division for quarter three of 2013

The Gardai have reported that over the last three months there has been a 7.8% reduction in the recorded crime statistics across the Cork City Division when compared with the same period last year.  The largest decrease is in the area of Criminal Damage and Public Order, which is down 18%.  There has also been a large decrease in Crimes Against the Person, which is down 14%.  These two categories of crime are important indicators as they show the level of criminal activity on our streets and affect how safe people feel when going about their daily lives.  Decreases in both of these categories are particularly welcome and reassuring.

The overall reduction in crime is testament to the continuing efforts of our Gardai to make sure that our streets are safe and that people feel secure in their homes.  Modern policing models are a crucial element in tackling crime and the commitment of the Gardai to proactive community policing is clearly having a positive impact and helping to reduce crime across our city.

While the overall figures are down there has been an increase in the incident count for the possession of drugs for personal use and the possession of offensive weapons.  These increases highlight the need for continued vigilance and show that the fight against crime is continuing.

Investment in the Garda force is an important element of efforts to tackle criminal activity.  To help with this the Government has announced an additional €9 million investment in the Garda Fleet, €5 million of this will be made available between now and the end of this year.  As well as this investment Garda recruitment will recommence in 2014, for five years there has been no Garda recruitment, bringing in new members to the force will ensure that we continue to have the necessary strength in numbers to continue fighting criminal activity.


Posted under Cork, Cork City, Crime, Justice & Equality

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