Kerry Chief Superintendent says having Gardai on beat not always possible

Pic; Larry Cummins, Evening Echo staff

The Chief Superintendent of the Kerry Garda Division says it isn’t always possible to have Gardai on the beat in Tralee.

Tom Myers has told Tralee Municipal District councillors this is due to demands on already limited resources.

In July, members of the Tralee Municipal raised concerns about the importance of Gardai on patrol in Tralee town at a special meeting; a letter outlining these concerns was forwarded to Chief Superintendent Tom Myers.

In response, Mr Myers says the deployment of Gardai on beat duty in Tralee, its environs and throughout urban centres in the county is recognised as critically important by Garda management.

He adds the detailing of Gardai on beat duty in Tralee is continuous and subject to close supervision.

The Chief Superintendent says it is accepted that Gardai on the beat provide a high visibility presence and in doing so promote a sense of security to those visiting, working and living in the town.

Mr Myers says, like all Garda divisions, Tralee District has numerous draws on its limited resources and despite their best efforts there are times when such high-visibility patrols are simply not possible.

The Divisional Drugs Unit and District Detective Units are regularly detailed for covert patrolling duties.

Tom Myers says he along with Superintendent James O’Connor are fully committed to the provision of an excellent police service to the people of Tralee and will continue to deploy members on beat duty at every possible opportunity.