Donegal TD Joe McHugh has urged community groups to apply for funding from a new grant scheme for community CCTV.
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has announced a grant-aid scheme to assist community groups with establishing community-based CCTV systems.
“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,” said Minister of State McHugh.
“Some of the key objectives of the Scheme are to enhance existing policing provision within the community, to assist in the prevention and reduction of local crime, disorder and anti-social activity and to increase community involvement in the provision of legitimate, integrated responses to prevent and reduce crime in local areas in association with appropriate agencies.
“These CCTV systems will act as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour and enhance existing policing provision here in Donegal. It is intended that the scheme will run for 3 years with funding of €1 million being made available each year.
“I am delighted to see the Government following through on the commitments set out in the Programme for Government.
“Fine Gael is committed to continuing to strengthen and update Ireland’s laws to tackle new and emerging crime trends.”
The Donegal TD added: “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 Donegal.”Tags: