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29 Jun 2022

Councillor says €15 is a lot of money in today's climate for text alert scheme

Alternative methods sought to fund 'fantastic scheme'

Councillor says €15 is a lot of money in today's climate for text alert scheme

Text alert scheme served the community

One of the major problems affiliated with the community text-alert scheme is that people need to contribute to it, Councillor Michael Mc Clafferty told a meeting of the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) which was held in Letterkenny on Friday.  

The text alert enabled communities to set up a group who received alerts advising them of suspicious or criminal activity in their area. As well as ensuring awareness among users of the service, it also led to people reporting suspicious activity to gardaí. Sending the information by text means that it can be disseminated rapidly to a large amount of people and in what was regarded as a cost-effective way. 

During the pandemic the scheme wasn't used as much as suspicious activity was significantly reduced. 

independent Councillor Michael Mc Clafferty said the scheme was a fantastic one but that people were not willing or able to spend €15 on it anymore. 

"It is a fantastic scheme which focuses people on their own security," he said. 

He queried whether or not there may be an alternative source of funding. 

The Chief Superintendent Terry McGinn said she would certainly welcome funding if it could be sought from another area. She added that there are people who rely on the service saying she appreciated that not everyone has spare cash. 

The chairperson of the JPC, Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry Mc Monagle said that alternative funding avenues could be looked at, such as, money regained from criminals by gardaí. 

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