Gardai can't be forced to live in the area where they work says Roche
The very small number of gardai living and working in a particular area was lamented at last week's meeting of the local Joint Policing Committee.
Cllr Davy Hynes raised the matter while discussing the need for local garda knowledge while dealing with garda vetting applications while Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan spoke of the benefits of local community gardai and wondered how many gardai were designated community gardai.
Chief Superintendent John Roche said that he felt that all gardai were community gardai to a certain extent but said that there were three designated community gardai in the county, two in Wexford and one in Enniscorthy.
He said 'in an ideal world we would have gardai living where they work but that's not the situation. I can't force people to live in a particular area. It may suit them to commute.'