An Garda Síochána has today (Friday) introduced a high visibility, nationwide policing plan focused on support for the vulnerable and crime prevention.

 

The policing plan, which came into effect from this morning and will run until midnight Sunday, is in support of public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community. The plan will supplement the work being done under ‘Operation Fanacht’ and ‘Operation Navigation’, which both continue this weekend.

The policing plan is focused on ensuring engagement by An Garda Síochána with the public through three key strands:

– Community Engagement

As has been the case throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, community Gardaí will work with individuals, community groups, statutory agencies, charities and local businesses to provide a range of services to assist and protect the most vulnerable.

Garda members will also continue to engage with people to ensure compliance with public health guidelines and regulations through the 4Es approach of Engage, Educate and Encourage, and only where provided for, and as a last resort, Enforcement.

– Crime Prevention Patrols

Crime prevention patrols will be increased nationwide, particularly at locations such as public amenities, parks, and natural beauty spots.

– Checkpoints focusing on Crime Detection

Speaking today, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said:

“Since the start of the pandemic, Garda members throughout the country have being helping the vulnerable and those who feel isolated. This involved simple, but important tasks such as collecting their prescription, delivering their pension, or even socially distanced contact. If people need such assistance or know someone who does, please contact your local Garda station. We are here to help.”