Business and community leaders in Boyle are to write to the Garda Commissioner about concerns over how the new model of policing will affect North Roscommon.
It follows a meeting between Boyle Town Team, Boyle Chamber of Commerce and senior members of An Garda Siochana from the area in relation to a number of items relating to policing in the town and locality.
Concerns expressed by the Town Team and Chamber representatives include the opening hours of Boyle garda station, they are requesting that they are made more ‘user friendly’.
There’s also a need for additional Gardai to be allocated to the town and district and the need to update the current fleet of vehicles that are in use in the area.
The need for a CCTV system for Boyle was also discussed.
The main concern of the local people is the implications for Boyle under the new Operating Model for Policing – under this model, Boyle which is currently in the Roscommon/Longford Garda Division, will become part of the new Mayo Roscommon Longford Division.
This will mean that the Boyle area being managed more than 80 km away in Castlebar.
After expressing their concern to the local gardai, who have taken their concerns on board, the delegation now intend to write to the Divisional Chief Superintendent, the Garda Commissioner and all public representatives outlining their fears as to how the model with affect policing in Boyle.