Serious concerns have been raised about policing capabilities in rural communities, after new figures show 24 out of 46 Garda stations in Galway do not have access to PULSE.
The figures were released to Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte, who said she’s “shocked” that almost half of all Garda stations in the Galway are not connected to the PULSE computer system.
“The fact that only half of Garda stations in the county are connected to PULSE is extremely worrying,” she stated.
“This is the Gardaí’s primary method of recording information and evidence and is an essential tool in the fight against crime. More than 22 stations do not have access to this computer system, leaving them at a major disadvantage.”
According to Deputy Rabbitte the majority of these stations are in rural areas, where many of the communities have seen marked decreases in Garda numbers.
The Galway TD said local people “are fearful about crime levels” and these latest revelations “will do nothing to appease their concerns”.
“The point of a national system is to have all stations feeding their data in so that a national picture of the incidences of crime can be monitored, and remedial action, in terms of resourcing and planning, can be taken. The Minister must work with the Garda management to ensure all of our stations are feeding into the PULSE system as quickly as possible,” she concluded.