Tuesday, 8 December 2020
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Local Authority Staff
269. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the process for the hiring of antisocial behaviour officers in all local authorities; if it is a standard process throughout; if he will explain the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41198/20]
Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority for which he or she is responsible.
My Department is not aware of the specific grade of Anti-Social Behavioural Officer nor the establishment of such a role in any local authority.
Generally speaking local authorities will have processes in place for local communities to inform and advise where such behaviour takes place and to assist local communities in conjunction with other statutory bodies such as An Garda Síochána in addressing same.
In addition a number of local authorities have Community Wardens in place whose role is to engage with local communities in proactively supporting communities in preventing anti-social behaviour. The recruitment of Community Wardens where local authorities have such in place is undertaken in accordance with the existing recruitment policies and procedures in place for the grade and other related grades.