CORK based Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard welcomes the announcement of a grant-aid scheme to assist with establishing community-based CCTV systems.
“This funding scheme can be hugely beneficial to communities here in Cork; CCTV systems can act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour as well as enhancing existing policing provision in our local communities.
“Under the scheme, eligible community groups can apply for grant-aid of up to 60% of the total capital cost of a proposed CCTV system, up to a maximum grant of €40,000. Upon approval of the grant the applicant will receive an up-front payment of 50% of the grant with the balance to be paid when the system is fully operational.
“It is intended that the scheme will run for 3 years with funding of €1 million being made available each year and I would strongly encourage Cork community groups to prepare and submit applications.
“A key objective of the Scheme is to enhance policing provisions currently in place within our communities, as well as to assist with prevention and reduction of local crime, disorder and anti-social activity. It is also intended that this scheme will promote increased community involvement, in association with appropriate agencies, in the provision of legitimate, integrated responses to prevent and reduce crime in local areas.
“Fine Gael is committed to continuing to strengthen and update Ireland’s laws to tackle new and emerging crime trends, and I am delighted to see the Government following through on the commitments set out in the Programme for Government.
“We will also continue to work with Garda management and the Policing Authority to implement reforms that will provide greater confidence, protection, transparency and efficiency to crime reduction, detection and prosecution, here in Cork and wider Ireland.”