Minister announces 6 new Garda CCTV locations - Major drive to extend CCTV coverage in 2006

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Mr Michael McDowell, T.D., has today announced his approval for the addition of 6 new locations to the Garda CCTV programme.

The 6 new locations are Drogheda, Dungarvan, Kinsale, Mullingar, Portlaoise and Tullamore.  The addition of these new locations will bring to 17 the total number of locations nationwide in which Garda CCTV systems will be implemented under a new outsourcing initiative.

Speaking at the Garda College in Templemore, where he was attending a graduation ceremony, the Minister said, "A major drive to extend CCTV coverage to provincial urban centres will take place this year and I have made available Euro 5.1million in 2006 to An Garda Síochana for this purpose. 

I am anxious to accelerate the implementation of Garda CCTV systems across the country and in that regard the Garda Commissioner has recently submitted to me a comprehensive and innovative proposal for the project management and the outsourced service provision of the 17 CCTV systems.

The procurement process to contract the project managers and outsourced service providers for the development, installation and management of these CCTV systems will now proceed as quickly as possible.

The implementation of Garda CCTV systems and Community CCTV systems will provide a strong deterrent to the commissioning of many crimes and a useful investigative tool for An Garda Síochana in the fight against crime."

The Garda authorities will shortly commence the initial public procurement process and the Minister is anxious to proceed urgently with this comprehensive request for tender to source the best CCTV service possible the locations selected. This will happen in conjunction with the imminent commencement of Section 38 of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005, which provides a legislative basis for the operation of CCTV in public places.

These proposals are now subject to the new peer review process recently announced by An Taoiseach and following this process it is the Minister's objective to proceed as quickly as possible with the procurement process to contract the project managers and outsourced service providers for the development, installation and management of these CCTV systems.

26 January 2006