Local Fianna Fáil TD, Robert Troy has said that while some changes will be introduced to the operation of Mullingar Garda Station he has been assured that the Closed Circuit Television system will remain monitored.
Reports emerged earlier today that the station would be undergoing significant changes in operation that would likely adversely impact policing in the area. On foot of these reports Deputy Troy sought an urgent meeting with the local Superintendent, Alan Murray.
Speaking following the meeting this evening he said, “The importance of community based policing in our town can never be underestimated and the Close Circuit Television system that is in place in the town is one element of that.
“Having a system in place that records 24/7 provides a great deal of support to Gardaí working on the ground but also to the public, particularly at the weekend when people are out and about.
“I am pleased that Superintendent Alan Murray has offered me assurances this evening that the monitoring of CCTV will continue at the station and that while there will be changes internally; they will not adversely impact public policing in Mullingar or the vicinity.
“Effective policing is a matter of great concern to those living locally who may be fearful of any rise in criminality – it’s important that a strong Garda presence is maintained in the town and with that in mind I will be keeping awatchful eye on any developments in policing in the area,” he concluded.