Closed circuit television systems are widely recognised as an effective tool in the prevention of crime, in particular, as a deterrent to public disorder and anti-social behaviour.
Under Section 38 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005, “the Garda Commissioner may authorise the installation and operation of CCTV for the sole or primary purpose of securing public order and safety in public places by facilitating the deterrence, prevention, detection and prosecution of offences”. An Garda Síochána establish and operate CCTV systems in urban centers around the country. For further information, see:
There are currently eleven cities and towns where such schemes are in operation with a further fourteen to be added in 2008. In the Policing Plan for 2008, the Gardaí undertake to “maximise the use of CCTV technology” by identifying more locations for CCTV schemes.
The Garda CCTV Programme has been progressed in tandem with the Community-based CCTV scheme, which is led by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and administered by Pobal. Pobal is a not-for-profit company with charitable status that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the European Union. This scheme provides capital grants to enable community-based organisations to install CCTV schemes in order to deter illegal or anti-social behaviour in places to which the general public have routine access, such as residential communities, city and town centres.
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The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, in consultation with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Irish Council for Social Housing plan to provide 100% capital funding for CCTV schemes in local authority housing schemes occupied by older persons and housing projects operated by not-for-profit organisations. The scheme will operate on a pilot basis initially.
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