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SURVEY: GARDAI ARE OUT OF STEP.

IRISH people believe the Garda Siochana is out of step when it comes to policing priorities, an official poll revealed yesterday.

People think gardai don't focus enough on the sale of alcohol to the underage, youths racing around in cars and under-age drinking on the streets.

They also perceive too much emphasis is given to state security, the enforcement of traffic laws and immigration.

The findings are carried in the Garda Public Attitudes Survey, which saw 10,000 people interviewed across the 25 Garda divisions.

The study revealed the public's top policing priorities were:

ENFORCING drug laws,

ENSURING an immediate emergency response,

TARGETING of organised crime

INVESTIGATING crime,

DEALING with crimes of sexual violence, and

Dealing with youths racing around in cars.

The largest drops in public priorities were enforcing laws relating to wearing of seat belts, ensuring effective traffic management and flow and enforcing other traffic laws.

Seven out of 10 people believe the gardai need to be improved as a force.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 13, 2008
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